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How common are herniated lumbar discs?

Lower back pain is extremely common, affecting as many as 9 out of 10 Americans across a lifetime. This is often a symptom of herniated discs, which are very common; herniated discs affect about a third of American adults, although only 3% experience symptoms at any given time. More than 80% of herniated discs occur in the lumbar region of the spine (the lower back). After a herniated disc heals or is repaired, there is a 5% chance of it herniating again. 

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