4 Best Ways To Prevent a Slipped Disc

The vertebrae of your spine are separated by discs that provide protection and absorb shock. When the jelly-like interior of the disc protrudes into the harder exterior, this injury is known as a slipped disc or herniated disc. A slipped disc can be caused either by acute trauma or by general wear-and-tear.

To prevent this type of damage, take these four steps to protect your spine.

Lose Weight if You Are Overweight

Maintaining a healthy body weight reduces the pressure on your spine caused by extra pounds. Those with a BMI (body mass index) higher than 25 are considered overweight, and a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. If you fall into this category, talk with your doctor about ways to lose weight through diet and exercise to reduce your risk for a slipped disc and other chronic health conditions.

Practice Good Posture

Slouching can exacerbate wear and tear on the spine, especially if you already have an injury. Practice standing and walking with your shoulders, back, and hips all in a straight line. When sitting at a desk, use an ergonomic chair that provides proper spine positioning and support. Place a pillow between your knees at night if you sleep on your side. Check out these everyday exercises that can help improve your posture.

Use Proper Lifting Form

If you need to lift a heavy object, keep your back straight and your head up while lifting. Lift with your knees rather than with your back. If an object is too heavy for you to lift alone, don’t pick it up. Similarly, when working out, be just as cautious with lifting weights. Not lifting weights properly can increase lower back pain.

Engage in Regular Low-Impact Exercise

These include activities designed to keep your body flexible, such as walking, swimming, and yoga. Low-impact exercise helps keep joints and muscles healthy and helps mitigate the adverse effects of aging, including wear and tear on discs. Here are some fun yoga poses that will strengthen your spine, improve posture, and help in avoiding a slipped disc.

Although a slipped disc sometimes has no symptoms, it can cause pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling if the nerves near the disc are affected. What’s more, a slipped disc that is left untreated can rupture, causing intense pain and limiting mobility. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing back pain. Marc Cohen and the spine experts at the Marc Cohen Spine Institute are ready to help you. Schedule your appointment today and let us suggest the best form of treatment.