Matt Baker reveals hospitalisation for herniated disc

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Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has revealed he was hospitalised after suffering from a herniated disc.

Sharing the painful update on Instagram, Baker said he had been dealing with the condition for a while and asked his followers for tips on how to manage it.

"Hi All, Any advice for a herniated disc," he captioned the post, which featured a reel of him receiving treatment in hospital before undergoing rehabilitation at Champneys spa.

He continued: "For a long time now I've been dealing with a herniated disc- as an ex gymnast it's hard not to be able to bend forward… so I decided to have a nerve block injection."

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Baker went on to thank the "brilliant" surgeon and "lovely" NHS staff who treated him for the condition, adding: "Also a big thanks to the nurse who used to watch me on Blue Peter - the buttered toast was amazing!"

The former One Show presenter concluded his update by asking fans for advice on how they have dealt with herniated discs, with followers sharing their advice in the comments.

"Oh Matt. Had one just before I went to Antarctica. Lots and lots of Physio," commented broadcaster Ben Fogle, while former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury added: "Physio physio physio. Good luck Baker Boy."

"Pilates pilates pilates! I feel that pain Matt.. Pilates kept me out of surgery," a third person wrote.

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According to the NHS, a herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc) is a condition where the soft tissue between the bones in the spine pushes out, causing pain if it presses on the nerves.

Last December Baker revealed he developed a slipped disc while taking part in circus-themed pantomime the previous year during an interview with the Daily Mail.

"I've got a herniated disc and it's still not repaired," he said, adding: "By Christmas Day I couldn't get out of bed. It was horrendous, absolute agony."

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