The risks of developing Sciatica can be significantly lowered by following some simple measures.
- Bending: Never bend forward directly to lift any objects or weights from the ground. Keeping the hip straight, bend your knees and then lift the object.
- Smoking: Believe it or not, cigarette smoking hastens disc degeneration. Best avoided!
- Exercise: Regular exercise helps to strengthen the muscles of the back and abdomen and prevent compression.
- Posture: Maintaining proper, erect posture in your day to day activities helps to prevent nerve compression. If your occupation entails constant sitting, take a break for 2-3 minutes every hour for a brief stroll.