Herniated disk injuries occur in the spine, which consists of bones called vertebrae that are stacked on top of one another. Between each pair of vertebrae is a piece of cartilage known as a “disk.” The disks cushion the vertebrae, create space in the spine, and allow spine to move, so that its owner can stand, bend, reach, and twist. A “herniated” disk occurs when one of the disks moves out of place. If the disk breaks open, it is known as a “ruptured” disk.
Many different accidents or events can cause a herniated disk. On-the-job injuries that involve twisting awkwardly or lifting heavy objects can result in a herniated disk. A slip and fall injury might cause a herniated disk as well. Motor vehicle accidents can also cause herniated or ruptured disks, along with any other type of spine injury.