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Can a slip & fall cause a herniated disk?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Yes

Disk that have some degeneration (wear and tear, aging) have microscopic tear, which weaken them. When a person slips and falls, the movement made to stop the fall may tear the disk more, allowing it to herniate.

In brief: Yes

Disk that have some degeneration (wear and tear, aging) have microscopic tear, which weaken them. When a person slips and falls, the movement made to stop the fall may tear the disk more, allowing it to herniate.
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Dr. Marc Hirsch
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Anything that causes an increase in vertical pressure on your back can cause a herniated disc.
Commonly, sudden weight in your hands, like a heavy box suddenly sliding off the back of a truck so you're bearing its full weight. Slipping and falling into a sitting position can do it. Do not rush to have surgery. Have the nerves and the bones checked out by a doctor.

In brief: Yes

Anything that causes an increase in vertical pressure on your back can cause a herniated disc.
Commonly, sudden weight in your hands, like a heavy box suddenly sliding off the back of a truck so you're bearing its full weight. Slipping and falling into a sitting position can do it. Do not rush to have surgery. Have the nerves and the bones checked out by a doctor.
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