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Lumbar Herniated Disc - Prevention

To help prevent low back pain or a herniated disc:

  • Stay at a healthy body weight. This may reduce the load on your lower back.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking. Nicotine can harm the discs in your back, because it lowers the ability of the discs to absorb the nutrients they need to stay healthy. And it may cause them to become dry and brittle.
  • Use proper lifting techniquesproper lifting techniques camera.gif.
  • Think about your posture. Slumping or slouching alone may not cause low back pain. But after the back has been strained or injured, bad posture can make pain worse.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 21, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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