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How can I prevent getting another herniated disk?

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To protect your spine and prevent another herniated disk, always sit and stand up straight. If you have to stand for a long time, rest one foot on a stool or box to take pressure off your back.

Be careful when you lift anything heavy. Squat from your knees to pick it up. Don't bend from the waist.

Stay at a good weight for you. Extra pounds put more strain on your back.

Don't smoke. It can cause hardening of the arteries, which can damage the disks in your spine.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herniated Disk."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Herniated Disk in the Lower Back."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Herniated Disk."

Cleveland Clinic: "Herniated Disk." "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs)."

Mayo Clinic. “Herniated Disk.”

North American Spine Society: "Lumbar (Open) Microscopic Diskectomy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Herniated Disk."

Radiological Society of North America, Inc.: "Epidural Injections."

Temple University Health System: "Herniated Disk Surgery."

University of Michigan: "Lumbar Herniated Disk: Should I Have Surgery?"

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: "Herniated Disk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herniated Disk."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Herniated Disk in the Lower Back."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Herniated Disk."

Cleveland Clinic: "Herniated Disk." "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs)."

Mayo Clinic. “Herniated Disk.”

North American Spine Society: "Lumbar (Open) Microscopic Diskectomy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Herniated Disk."

Radiological Society of North America, Inc.: "Epidural Injections."

Temple University Health System: "Herniated Disk Surgery."

University of Michigan: "Lumbar Herniated Disk: Should I Have Surgery?"

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: "Herniated Disk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 12, 2018

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