Is Back Pain Always Caused by a Hernia?

Most people used to think that back pain is primarily caused by a hernia. But it’s just a common misperception. Causes of back pain are divided into three types:

  • Pain, which is related to compression of the nerve root (radiculopathy)
  • Pain, caused by injuries, tumors or infection
  • Musculoskeletal pain

Pain related to hernia compression of nerve roots occurs in 4-7 percent of cases. It can be expected that herniated disc is a relatively rare pathology, but it isn’t. When examining patients aged 20 to 60, independently of the presence of pain, it was found that 23 percent of patients don’t even know they have a hernia and don’t feel any discomfort. This suggests that a hernia may be symptomless. Most people usually feel musculoskeletal pain.

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