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(HealthDay News) -- The spine is comprised of a series of hard bones called vertebrae. Sandwiched between them are soft, spongy pads called disks, which allows the spinal column to bend.
But if a disk ruptures (herniates) and the center pushes through the outer edge toward the spinal canal, it can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort.
- Avoid lifting with your back. Lift with your leg muscles instead, holding the object close to you.
- Don't smoke.
- Shed excess weight, which can strain the back.
- Avoid strenuous activities that are repetitive in nature.
-- Diana Kohnle
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