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6 habits to quit when you have a herniated disc

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PT Health Life – Lumbar disc herniation is one of the most common spinal diseases today and is trending toward rejuvenation. The disease often causes pain and discomfort, affecting the patient’s health and quality of life.

Disc herniation is a common cause of lumbar spine pain, accompanied by corresponding neurological symptoms. The disease usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. Over time, the outer ring of cartilage becomes fibrotic, the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc dries out, loses elasticity, herniates into the spinal canal, and compresses the nerves.

During treatment, patients need to follow the doctor’s instructions. In most cases of new hernias, with little nerve compression and low patient pain, doctors will choose internal medicine. Treatment indications include rest, using a back support belt, anti-inflammatory pain relievers and muscle relaxants, and spinal support. In addition, patients need to pay attention to the following bad habits to avoid more serious illness.

1. Some bad habits should be avoided

1. Do not exercise too hard

Disc herniation still requires exercise . This not only supports the treatment of disc herniation but also helps the body stay healthy and limit unnecessary diseases. However, when practicing sports, patients should be careful not to exercise too hard or not in line with their ability, which can cause the back, spine and intervertebral discs to suffer a lot of pressure and damage.

Therefore, patients should avoid heavy exercises such as weightlifting, swings, squats, leg presses, stretching or any movements that involve bending the back and lifting heavy objects. These exercises will increase disc pain and make treatment difficult.

Instead, patients should practice gentle exercise for their health such as walking, swimming, aerobics… They can practice according to the doctor’s instructions.

2. Avoid carrying heavy objects

For people with disc herniation, they should avoid carrying heavy loads. If you try to carry heavy objects or just gestures such as reaching or bending to grab things, it can put great pressure on the spine and lower back, leading to more severe joint pain.

You need to carry things properly and scientifically to protect your spine and bone and joint health. Or ask someone else to help you do this during treatment or recovery of a herniated disc.

People with disc herniation should avoid carrying heavy loads. Illustration.

3. Don’t lie down too much, do n’t sit for too long

Although a herniated disc may only be a dull pain, sitting for too long can also create direct pressure on the lumbar spine disc. Therefore, people with disc herniation should not sit for long periods of time. Instead, change your position to stand up, walk gently or lie down to help reduce pressure on your lower back.

People with disc herniation should not lie down much and rest should be reasonable. If you lie down too much and don’t move, your muscles and joints will gradually become stiff and lose flexibility. Therefore, people with disc herniation should still perform light activities to promote faster and more effective recovery of injuries.

4. Limit turning, twisting, and bending

Patients with disc herniation need to pay attention to movements of turning, twisting, bending to grab objects, or movements that involve a lot of movement. Movements such as rotating, twisting, and bending are contraindicated for people with disc herniation, especially when this action is repeated many times. Therefore, instead of turning, twisting, or bending to round the back, patients should keep their back and neck straight and hold their head high when moving or working.

Gardening or jobs that require a lot of lumbar activity such as vacuuming or washing clothes are also not suitable for people with disc herniation. Therefore, people with disc herniation should avoid jobs that require a lot of force from the back.

5. Be cautious when changing positions

People with disc herniation also need to be careful when changing positions, such as standing up while sitting or wanting to stand up or change positions while lying down. In these positions, patients need to be careful, move slowly, sit up first and then stand up, avoid sitting up suddenly and putting pressure on the disc.

6. Do not eat or drink too strictly

Many people are so afraid of obesity that they diet excessively, leading to lack of nutrients, and some people eat unbalanced meals, leading to being overweight. Eating a healthy, nutritious diet plays an important part in the treatment and recovery of patients with disc herniation. Accordingly, people with disc herniation should have a scientific diet, ensuring enough nutrients for the body.

Need to eat foods containing lots of calcium, magnesium, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, Omega 3, etc. Along with that, increase the serving of green vegetables at each meal. Should supplement milk and products made from milk.

You should limit eating red meat, salty foods, overly sweet foods, fast foods, fried foods, spicy foods, etc. Avoid stimulants such as wine, beer, carbonated drinks, alcohol, coffee. coffee , cigarettes, drugs…

Drink enough 2 liters of water every day. If you are overweight, consult a nutritionist to lose weight scientifically to help reduce the burden on your bones and joints.

Summary: Disc herniation is a common problem. This condition causes extremely uncomfortable and annoying pain, affecting daily mobility. If you do not treat it promptly or approach it incorrectly, it can lead to many complications that are harmful to your health. Therefore, in addition to complying with doctors’ instructions, patients need to pay attention to limiting bad habits that affect the bone and joint system.

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