Factors that increase your risk of a herniated disk may include:

  • Weight. Excess body weight causes extra stress on the disks in your lower back.
  • Occupation. People with physically demanding jobs have a greater risk of back problems. Repetitive lifting, pulling, pushing, bending sideways and twisting also may increase your risk of a herniated disk.
  • Genetics. Some people inherit a predisposition to developing a herniated disk.
Jan. 28, 2014