Can sciatica be prevented?

While it’s not always possible to prevent sciatica, consider these suggestions to help protect your back and improve your spinal health:

     • Minimize sitting or take frequent breaks from prolonged sitting.
     • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
     • Exercise regularly.
     • Maintain proper posture.
     • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
     • If you smoke, seek help to quit.
     • Use good body mechanics when lifting.
     • Utilize a supportive mattress or sleeping surface.

You may not be able to prevent sciatica, but engaging in practices that keep your back healthy may help. The most important practice is routine exercise. Try to incorporate exercises that strengthen your abdomen and lower back muscles, as these can help you maintain correct posture. Keeping correct posture when you sit, stand, or lift heavy objects can keep you from straining your back. And if you can prevent your back from being strained, you may be able to avoid the stress and fatigue on your nerves that can make you more susceptible to sciatica.

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