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What can I do to prevent another injury if I already have a herniated disk or degenerative disk disease?

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To help prevent future neck problems, stretch your neck regularly. Also, try to do aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, or biking for at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week. If you smoke, quit.

Pay attention to your posture. Always hold your neck straight and keep your back well-supported.

SOURCES:

JAMA: “Aminotransferase elevations in healthy adults receiving 4 grams of acetaminophen daily: a randomized controlled trial.”

FDA: "Safety concerns associated with over-the-counter drug products containing analgesic/antipyretic active ingredients for internal use."

K. Daniel Riew, MD, Mildred B. Simon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, professor of neurologic surgery, and director of the Orthopaedic Spine Institute, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Surgical management of cervical radiculopathy,” “Cervical Radiculopathy.”

Spine: “Complications and mortality associated with cervical spine surgery for degenerative disease in the United States.”

News release, FDA.

Cedars-Sinai: “Herniated or Ruptured Disk.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

JAMA: “Aminotransferase elevations in healthy adults receiving 4 grams of acetaminophen daily: a randomized controlled trial.”

FDA: "Safety concerns associated with over-the-counter drug products containing analgesic/antipyretic active ingredients for internal use."

K. Daniel Riew, MD, Mildred B. Simon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, professor of neurologic surgery, and director of the Orthopaedic Spine Institute, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Surgical management of cervical radiculopathy,” “Cervical Radiculopathy.”

Spine: “Complications and mortality associated with cervical spine surgery for degenerative disease in the United States.”

News release, FDA.

Cedars-Sinai: “Herniated or Ruptured Disk.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

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