Slipped disc prevention
Slipped disc is a nonmedical term that can refer to a range of disc conditions such as a herniated disc or bulging disc. The most common cause of a slipped disc is the natural degeneration of the spine. Over time the spine undergoes natural wear and tear that can cause the discs, joints and other parts to break down. However, although this condition often happens with the aging of the spine, there are still certain risk factors that can be avoided to potentially lower the likelihood of this condition developing.
Proper body mechanics for slipped disc prevention
One of the most effective methods for promoting spinal health and potentially preventing a slipped disc is to practice proper body mechanics while standing, sitting, walking, running or sleeping. One of the primary roles played by the spine is to support the weight of the upper body, which places a lot of mechanical stress on the vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, joints and discs. Proper body mechanics distribute this stress evenly across the spine.
Here are a few ways to ensure an even distribution of the spine’s workload:
- Stay conscious of how you stand and sit by keeping your spine straight, shoulders square and head up
- Lift heavy objects correctly by lifting with the legs not the back
- Use support if standing for long periods by resting one foot on a stool or small box
- Don’t lift and twist simultaneously, find a lifting partner if the load is awkward or if stairs are involved
- Avoid lifting when you are tired or fatigued
Other factors that can reduce the stress placed on the discs in the spine include:
- Weight loss
- Low-impact aerobics, such as walking or swimming
- Core exercises to help the muscles lift pressure from the spine
- Quitting smoking
Minimally invasive treatment for a slipped disc
Conservative treatments like medication and physical therapy are often effective, but in some cases patients with a degenerative disc condition may require spine surgery to provide lasting relief from symptoms. At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.^ Instead of tearing and detaching the muscles near the spine through a large incision, our surgeries are performed through a small muscle-sparing incision, allowing for a streamlined outpatient experience for our patients. To learn more about the advantages of Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.
You can ask a member of our caring team for your free MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.