The broadcaster and lawyer shared photos on social media of himself in a hospital bed and revealed that he had suffered a prolapsed disc in his back which required urgent medical attention.
Rinder wrote on Twitter: "Started the day holding politicians to account on @GMB & interviewing Lulu & Richie Sambora… Finished it having a prolapsed disc in my back repaired & healed."
He added: "Life can change in a moment.. Hold on to joy wherever you find it (thanks brilliant medical team)."
Started the day holding politicians to account on @GMB & interviewing Lulu & Richie Sambora… Finished it having a prolapsed disc in my back repaired & healed.. Life can change in a moment.. Hold on to joy wherever you find it (thanks brilliant medical team). pic.twitter.com/r7sdsu2bl5
— Robert Rinder (@RobbieRinder) February 13, 2023
A prolapsed disc occurs when the soft tissue between the bones in the spine push out to the point where it presses on nerves.
The condition usually causes back pain as well as numbness or tingling in the shoulders, hands and feet. Surgery is usually required if symptoms don't improve on their own.
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Speaking on Good Morning Britain while he was co-hosting with Susanna Reid, Rinder said: "The thing that strikes me is... just have a little bit of humility."
He went on to compare the polarising couple to various activists around the world: "I'm certainly no Dalia Lama, but you think of people who have spent their lives campaigning for human rights — Baroness Doreen Laurence, Kwajo [Tweneboa] who works in housing, the women of Iran who are fighting for freedom at the moment, ordinary citizens in China."
The barrister concluded by saying: "The idea that you... would go and collect a human rights award for taking lots of money to gripe at your family and — in my view — not really do anything meaningful to expose structural racism, but rather instead damage an institution."