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  1. Lumbar Herniated Disc - Prevention

    Measures that may help prevent low back pain or a herniated disc include: Maintaining an ideal body weight. This reduces the load on your lower back.Exercising regularly. Quitting smoking. Nicotine and other toxins from cigarette smoke can be harmful to y

  2. Posture: Standing and Walking - Topic Overview

    The following tips may help you stand and walk using good posture. Keep your ear,shoulder,hip,and ankle in a line. Avoid locking your knees while standing. Try placing one foot on a low stool if you must stand in one position for a long time. Switch feet every few minutes. Keep your lower back in the neutral position. ...

  3. Lumbar Herniated Disc - Symptoms

    Symptoms of a herniated disc vary greatly depending on the position of the herniated disc and the size of the herniation.

  4. Lumbar Herniated Disc - Cause

    A herniated disc usually is caused by wear and tear of the disc (also called disc degeneration). As we age, our vertebral discs lose some of the fluid that helps them maintain flexibility. A herniated disc also may result from injuries to the spine, which

  5. Medical History and Physical Exam for a Lumbar Herniated Disc

    During the first visit to your health professional for a possible herniated disc, you will be asked about your medical history, including: The pattern, intensity, and duration of your leg or back pain (you may be asked to complete a pain drawing to identify the areas and types of pain you have).Previous accidents, injuries, or illnesses involving your back.Family history of low back pain and ...

  6. Lumbar Herniated Disc - Treatment Overview

    Learn about treatment for herniated disc.

  7. Lumbar Herniated Disc - What Increases Your Risk

    Find out what makes you more likely to get a herniated disc.

  8. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Other Treatment

    Physical therapy is an important part of nonsurgical and postsurgical treatment for spinal stenosis. Physical therapy can reduce pain, improve function, and build muscle strength.

  9. Low Back Pain: Easing Back Into Your Daily Activities - Topic Overview

    Bed rest of more than a couple of days can actually make your low back pain worse and lead to other problems such as stiff joints and muscle weakness. If you do use bed rest for a short time,remember the following guidelines. Sitting up in bed puts additional pressure on the intervertebral discs. Lying on your side puts a little more pressure on the discs than lying on your back. Trying to ...

  10. Lumbar Herniated Disc - Exams and Tests

    Initial examinationYour health professional will evaluate your symptoms of leg and back pain using a medical history and physical examination. Your diagnosis will be based on any features that point to irritation of one or more spinal nerves and to the lo

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