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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles

Ruptured Disk

Alternate Names : Slipped Disk, Herniated Disk

Ruptured Disk | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Proper lifting techniques are important to avoid a ruptured disk. These techniques can be enhanced by the use of an abdominal support belt. Other preventive measures include the following:

  • regular physical activity
  • rest breaks to interrupt long periods of vibration, such as when driving a car
  • smoking cessation for individuals who smoke
  • weight management for people who are obese
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Chronic pain from an untreated ruptured disk can result in depression, lack of productivity, and drug abuse. If the ruptured disk presses on a nerve, the person may have weakness, numbness, and loss of muscle mass.

    What are the risks to others?

    A ruptured disk is not contagious and poses no risks to others.

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    Ruptured Disk: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Vincent J. Toups, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 09/05/01

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