Back pain can sneak up on you when you least expect it. One minute you're sitting comfortably in front of the TV, and the next you try to stand up, and -- ouch! -- a sharp pain radiates through your lower back.
What’s causing it? Could you have a slipped or herniated disc? Chances are you might.
Your spine is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae that are cushioned by soft discs made of a jellylike substance. These discs are what allow you to move your spine around and bend over.
But if a disc between two vertebrae starts slipping out of place, it can irritate the surrounding nerves and cause extreme pain. The condition is called a slipped, ruptured, or herniated disc.