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What keeps the disc from moving back where it was when I was hurting?

The tear in the disc wall heals with scar tissue, and the chemical inflammatory agents created by the disc tear are absorbed. The prescribed therapeutic exercises and stretching are designed to help maintain spinal positioning, alignment, and mobility to help reduce the probability of recurrence.
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