Initial damage to the area can be caused either by wear and tear which happens naturally as we age, or as a result of conditions like arthritis. In younger people, it is most often caused by a sudden injury that results in a herniated disk.
A herniated disk in itself is a serious condition, and can cause sporadic and sudden symptoms that affect the harms and hands. Ranging from a dull ache in the neck, some individuals experience “electric-like pain” that radiates throughout the body, as well as numbness and weakness.
Typically felt in only one arm, for others who have damaged a particular area could potentially lose control of their lower body, including their bowel and bladder.
As in Springsteen’s case, pain can be chronic, meaning that it can last for months or years. Spine Health, a medical website providing advice, explains that it is common for pain to come and go.