Lumbar Herniated Disc - Prevention
To help prevent low back
pain or a
- 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.
proper lifting techniquesproper lifting techniques .
- 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.
- Use good posture while standing or walking. "Good posture" generally means that your ears, shoulders, and hips are in a straight line.
- Protect your back while sitting. Try putting a small pillow or rolled towel between your back and the chair.
- Keep your back in
the neutral position while sleeping . Place a pillow between your knees when sleeping on your side.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 21, 2014
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