A hernia is a particularly painful medical condition where an organ or other tissue creates a bulge in the skin. The organ pushes through or strains the skin, causing a painful protrusion. Herniae can be genetic, but they can also happen through injury or trauma. If you find you have developed a hernia, you need to see your doctor right away.
The cure for hernia is almost always surgical. However, sometimes, the mesh used during this operation can have disastrous consequences for the patient. It can slip away or even create an infection at the surgical site. This is when people file for a hernia mesh lawsuit. In this case, a lawyer is appointed who helps the patient, i.e. the defendant, collect their rightful damages.
However, if you want to avoid both herniae and lawsuits altogether, you should practice prevention. Some preventative measures include getting in better shape, eating healthier, improving your posture and more. We will discuss these in greater detail below.
Get into Shape
It won’t surprise you to know, like with most illnesses, herniae occur more frequently in people who are unhealthy or overweight. You need to lose weight and exercise often if you want to effectively prevent herniae. You could start by walking a little every day, followed by light sprints, or even biking. A few low impact exercises every day are a step in the right direction
While you exercise, you should also work on strengthening your core, especially your back and abdominal muscles. This is good prevention against common types of herniae.
Jump on the Fiber Train
Foods that are high in fiber, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and oats, are great for improving your digestion and protecting against herniae. Eating a fiber-rich diet will ensure you don’t suffer from constipation, which is one of the biggest causes of herniae. Make sure to drink a good amount of water in addition to that fiber. These measures combined will help you prevent painful herniae.
Perfect Your Posture
You need to take care of your posture as you sit, stand or even walk around. Special attention should be paid when you’re picking up heavy items such as furniture or other objects that can put a strain on your back. As a rule, you should avoid lifting heavy objects if you’re at risk of getting a hernia. However, if you absolutely need to, you should make sure to have good form and posture.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Always stand with your feet planted firmly in the ground. Your feet should be shoulder-width part
- Keep your core tight and back straight
- If you have to twist, use your entire body and not just your waist
Overall, a balanced diet, good posture, and a good diet are essential components for hernia prevention. If you do feel you have developed a hernia, however, you should get it checked immediately. Don’t leave it to grow and get worse!