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A Guide to Herniated Discs

Back in January we wrote a blog post about herniated discs called “Herniated Discs Explained”. We wanted to put some more information out there about herniated discs and how to live with them by putting together a guide of do’s and do not’s and some tips on how to get some relief from discomfort caused by herniated discs.

Staying active and being active is always a positive whether you are healthy or are trying to become healthier. Here are a few exercise do’s and do not’s if you have a herniated disc:


  • Do NOT use the leg press. This machine cannot only aggravate an existing herniated disc but it can cause one.
  • Do NOT use straight leg exercises. These exercises put stress on the discs and can hurt your back and neck even more.
  • Do NOT do twisting exercises.
  • Do NOT weightlift. Bending over to pick up a barbell and then jerking it into position can cause shock to your spine.
  • Do NOT run. Your discs are the shock absorbers of your back


  • Do yoga. Many yoga poses help improve posture which is key when dealing with a herniated disc.
  • Do Pilates.
  • Do moderate aerobic activities such as walking or biking.
  • Do swim. Swimming takes a lot of pressure off the joints and on the discs.

Many times it is not possible to prevent a herniated disc. However, if you have suffered from a herniated disc in the pasts, it may be possible to decrease your chances of having it happening again.

Here are a few tips to help prevent a herniated disc:

  • Avoid activities that require heavy lifting or bending repetitively
  • Practice good posture
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • See a physical therapist to specialize a program aimed at building muscle strength in your back and improving flexibility
  • Exercise

At Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine we understand what it’s like to suffer from a herniated disc. We offer various treatment options to help you live more comfortably. Treatment options include interventional pain management, sports medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic, and more. Contact us for an appointment to learn more.

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    557 South Atlantic Ave.
    Aberdeen, NJ 07747

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    175 Gunning River Rd.
    Barnegat, NJ 08005

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    728 Bennetts Mills Rd.
    Jackson, NJ 08527

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    501 Iron Bridge Rd, Suite 2
    Freehold, NJ 07728

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    60 Lacey Rd.
    Manchester, NJ 08759

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    1104 Arnold Ave.
    Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

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    4057 Asbury Ave.
    Neptune, NJ 07753

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    475 Route 70
    Lakewood, NJ 08701

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    367 Lakehurst Rd.
    Toms River, NJ 08755

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    5 Swimming River Road
    Lincroft, NJ 07738

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If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, physical therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have eight offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our nine offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.