I am often asked as a physical therapist, "Do herniated discs run in families?" I often respond that I don't know, but it seems that way.
Well, now we know! It does run in families, and people who have a cousin or grandparent who have had a herniated disc have an increased chance, according to this article:
What does that mean for YOU if you have relative with back pain?
- keep in good physical condition overall and exercise regularly
- keep your core muscles firing correctly and your MusclesInSync
- make sure to squat to pick up things from the floor
- step out and lunge with your forward leg if you have to reach (such as vacumning) and avoid bending at the back with your legs together