You can’t wait out a hernia. These injuries won’t go away on their own with rest and relaxation. While not immediately life threatening, hernias may require surgery and can become dangerous without proper care.
The best way to prevent complications from a hernia is take measures to help prevent them in the first place. Here are some tips to help you reduce the strain and avoid a hernia.
What is a Hernia?
One of the best ways to avoid hernias is to knowing more about what they are. A hernia is when an organ or tissue bulges through a weakened opening. Hernias typically occur in the abdomen, but can also affect the upper thigh, groin, and belly button.
The inguinal hernia makes up roughly 70 percent of all hernias. Inguinal hernias cause the intestines to push through weakened spots in the abdomen. Other types of hernias, such as hiatal, umbilical, and incisional, affect different areas, but create similarly unpleasant results.
Hernia Prevention Tips
No matter what type of hernia you may get, you want to avoid the situation. The best way to prevent a hernia is to stop the muscle weakness that allows organs or tissue to push through deteriorated areas. Unfortunately, you can’t always prevent muscle weakness, but you can cut back on the amount of stress you place on your body.
Excess strain is bad for people trying to avoid causing or aggravating a hernia. Reduce the strain on your body with the following tips:
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight for your body
- Lift heavy objects with your knees instead of your back
- Avoid objects that are way too heavy for you
- See a doctor if you develop a consistent cough
- Avoid straining during trips to the bathroom
Talk to Your Doctor About Hernia Prevention
If you’re feeling pain or discomfort in your abdomen, upper thighs, or other areas affected by hernias, make sure to schedule an appointment with a local physician today. Give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact us online to talk to a medical professional about what you can do to prevent hernias in the future.
Dr. Lawrence K. Lief, D.O.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.