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Spine and Back Health

Sciatica

11/19/2010

Question:

I currently aggravated my back and I don`t even remember how it was injured, so nothing too traumatic. However it has been reoccurring and most often when I`m at work (retail, standing in one spot). Is it possible to have aggravated my sciatic nerve or damaged the discs when I`m only in my early 20`s.

Answer:

Yes, it is possible even at a young age, especially if you smoke, are overweight and/or have a lot of relatives with back problems as well.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University