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How can I prevent a protruding disc in my spine?

A protruding disc can develop as a result of age-related degenerative changes in your spine. Through daily activity, the spinal discs are subjected to a significant amount of wear and tear. As the discs naturally break down and lose water content, they become more prone to bulging past their normal boundaries in the spinal column. Due to the close proximity of the spinal cord and nerve roots, a protruding disc can lead to painful nerve compression.

While aging is unavoidable, there are other factors that can increase the likelihood of developing this condition. Many of these factors can be managed with simple lifestyle changes, which can be beneficial at any age. In fact, it’s never too late to begin taking better care of your body.

Tips for preventing and minimizing spinal degeneration

Certain harmful habits can accelerate the rate of degeneration in the spine. The following lifestyle modifications can promote a healthy spine and help prevent or slow down the development of degenerative conditions, such as a protruding disc:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Consuming a balanced, nutrient-rich diet
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Practicing good posture
  • Using proper lifting techniques
  • Avoiding tobacco use
  • Minimizing alcohol consumption

How is a protruding disc treated?

If a disc protrusion develops, a conservative treatment plan consisting of limited rest, pain medications, physical therapy or low-impact exercises can be helpful for managing the symptoms as the damage heals. It’s important to see a physician who can provide a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment recommendations, which may include surgery if the symptoms become severe or debilitating.

If you are considering surgery to address a protruding disc, contact USA Spine Care. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small, muscle-sparing incision, which minimizes disruption to the surrounding tissues and muscles. Compared to traditional open spine surgery, our procedures involve a lower risk of infection and a faster recovery.^ Our team can provide you with a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate.

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