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How to prevent herniated disc?

Proper exercises to strengthen the lower back and abdominal muscles are key in preventing excess stress and compressive forces on lumbar disks. You can help prevent a herniated disk by avoiding sudden twisting motions, learning to

lift heavy objects properly, or avoiding heavy lifting. Use proper lifting techniques, such as lifting by squatting and bending your knees, and using your legs to pull yourself up. Keep your back in the neutral position while sleeping, with techniques such as using a towel roll to support your lower back or placing a pillow under your knees when sleeping on your back. See illustrations of sleeping positions. Good posture will help prevent problems on cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disks. A good flexibility program is critical for prevention of muscle and spasm that can cause an increase in compressive forces on disks at any level. Proper lifting of heavy objects is important for all muscles and levels of the individual disks. Good posture in sitting, standing, and lying down is helpful for the spine. Use good posture while standing or walking, keeping your shoulders back and down, chin back, abdomen in, and your lower back supported. Losing weight, if needed, can prevent weakness and unnecessary stress on the disks caused by obesity. Choosing proper footwear may also be helpful to reduce the impact forces to the lumbar disks while walking on hard surfaces. Wearing special back support devices may be helpful if heavy lifting is required with combinations of twisting. Nicotine and other toxins from cigarette smoke can be harmful to your body in many ways. Nicotine can harm the discs in your back because it decreases the ability of the discs to absorb the nutrients they need to stay healthy and may cause them to become dry and brittle.

More information on herniated disc

What is a herniated disc? - A herniated disc is a common cause of lower back pain. Disks are round, flat, plate-like structures between the vertebrae in the spinal column.
What causes herniated discs? - Herniated discs are caused by aging, degeneration of the disc or injury to the spine. A herniated disc can be caused by any type of intense pressure.
What're symptoms of herniated disc? - The most common symptom of a herniated disk is lower back pain following a fall, injury to the back, or after lifting a heavy object.
How is a herniated disc diagnosed? - A health professional can often diagnose a herniated disc using a medical history and physical examination.
What's the treatment for herniated discs? - Herniated disk (with or without sciatica) will respond to conservative treatment. Surgical techniques repair a herniated disk.
How to prevent herniated disc? - Proper exercises to strengthen the lower back and abdominal muscles are key in preventing excess stress and compressive forces on lumbar herniated discs.
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