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How Can I Prevent a Hernia?

What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when the internal organs or fat tissue of the body squeeze through a weak spot or hole in the muscular wall. These typically occur in the abdomen, but they can also be found around the hips and pelvic floor. 

The most common hernias include:

Preventing Hernias Washington DC

Sometimes, people are genetically predisposed to hernia development and it’s somewhat out of their control as to whether or not they are affected. But, in most cases, hernias may be preventable with the right lifestyle changes.

Stop Smoking

Smoking can decrease blood supply to muscles which can weaken them and make them more prone to rips and tears. Smoking can also lead to more frequent and powerful coughing fits, which may increase the risk of developing a hernia.

Avoid Becoming Overweight

When a person carries extra weight on their body, their muscles have to work harder to move. Because of this extra resistance, muscle rips and tears become more likely. Patients who are overweight should begin dieting and exercising regularly to shed pounds and strengthen their muscles. 

Do Not Lose Weight Too Rapidly

In most cases, unless a patient is obese, it is healthy to lose a pound or two each week when dieting or exercising. Typically with rapid weight loss, the patient isn’t eating the correct amounts and types of food, leading to a protein and vitamin deficiency that can cause weakness in the abdominal muscles. 

Strengthen The Right Areas of the Body

Building strong, healthy muscle is integral to maintaining your musculoskeletal health and avoiding issues such as hernias. Begin exercising to improve the muscle tone in your core and hips:

If you are suffering from the symptoms of a hernia, please call Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia at (571) 512-5300.

Sources:

FDA

Livestrong 

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