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Exercises to avoid with a lumbar disc protrusion

Lumbar disc protrusion is a condition in which a rubbery disc between the spinal bones in the lumbar (lower back) region begins to protrude into the spinal canal. Many patients can have lumbar disc protrusion without ever being aware that they have the condition, aside from feeling localized pain in the lower back. However, if the disc begins pressing on a nearby nerve, uncomfortable symptoms may develop, including pain, back stiffness or soreness and numbness or tingling in the legs, feet and toes.

While exercising can be a good way to help treat back conditions and alleviate pain and discomfort, there are a few exercises you’ll be better off avoiding if you have lumbar disc protrusion, including:

  1. Sit-ups. Most people use their hip muscles when doing sit-ups, which puts unnecessary strain on the discs in the lower back.
  2. High-impact aerobics. Activities like running, jumping jacks and tennis (just to name a few) are usually done on hard surfaces, which can be extremely taxing on the spine.
  3. Leg lifts. Lying flat on your back while raising and lowering your straightened legs puts too much pressure on your lower back and can leave you at risk for muscle strains.

If you are living with lumbar disc protrusion, there are many conservative treatments you can try at home to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Physical therapy, yoga and pain medications have proven successful for many patients in the past, however you should always consult with your doctor before trying these methods yourself. If your symptoms persist despite your efforts, USA Spine Care can help. We offer minimally invasive decompression surgery that helps take the pressure off the nerve using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques.

To learn more about the minimally invasive surgeries we offer to patients with lumbar disc protrusion, contactUSA Spine Care today. We can provide you with a free MRI review* to help determine if you are a candidatefor our procedures.

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