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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Herniated Disk
Use proper lifting technique
Friday, June 29, 2012
But if a disk ruptures (herniates) and the center pushes through the outer edge toward the spinal canal, it can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to help prevent a herniated disk:
- Avoid lifting with your back. Lift with your leg muscles instead, holding the object close to you.
- Don't smoke.
- Shed excess weight, which can strain the back.
- Avoid strenuous activities that are repetitive in nature.
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