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Prevention

In many cases, it is not possible to prevent a herniated disk. However, if you have suffered from a herniated disk in the past, you may be able to decrease your chances of it happening again by:

  • Avoiding activities that require heavy lifting or repetitive bending

  • Practicing good posture

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Following a physical-therapy program aimed at building muscle strength in your back and improving abdomen and back flexibility

  • Exercising regularly, especially swimming and walking

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