In children, disc herniations are very rare; even in the 18-20 age range. At these ages, hernia usually occurs suddenly; due to a trauma. However, when they are suspected; the diagnosis is not easy because the bones of the child that have not yet developed completely make the evaluation difficult. When they are diagnosed, surgery is not easy because appropriate techniques need to be used to prevent problems that may occur in the following years. For this reason, the patient should definitely find an experienced pediatric neurosurgeon.
It is also important to note that a subsequent disease, such as a congenital abnormality or an infectious disease, may be one of the causes of a herniated lumbar disc at such an early age, or may be accompanying it. In addition, to protect children from such situations; they must not be allowed to work in hard jobs or carry heavy school bags. If they have to carry some weight necessarily, they should do it symmetrically; ie they must not carry the weight with one arm, unbalanced.