To avoid back pain and help prevent a slipped disc, you should keep mobile, exercise regularly, maintain good posture and lift heavy objects correctly.

It can also help keep your supporting back muscles strong and supple.

Make sure you warm up and cool down properly before and after a workout or sports activity. If you're recovering from a slipped disc, avoid high-impact activities, such as running and aerobics.

If possible, take regular breaks to stretch and walk around.

If your job involves using a computer, take regular breaks away from the computer screen. Make sure the computer screen is at eye level and directly in front of you so you don't have to twist or bend to see it.

Sit in a comfortable position with enough space to move around, and don't stay in the same position for too long.

Your employer should provide you with information and training about working with computers, including advice about the best way to sit and position your equipment.

Walk or stand with your head and shoulders slightly back.

When sitting at a desk, make sure your chair is the correct height for the desk. Your feet should be able to rest flat on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 19 Oct 2016