Learn how to prevent back pain and care for your back.
Do you experience back pain on a regular or occasional basis? Back pain is a common ailment, affecting as many as 8 out of every 10 people according to Medline Plus. Learn how to prevent and relieve back pain in your everyday life.
Exercise regularly and safety
Strength and flexibility are key when it comes to caring for your back. Whether you’ve suffered an injury or you’re trying to prevent one, you should regularly strengthen the muscles that support your back. If you’ve had back surgery or severe back pain, you should work with a physical therapist to create the best exercise routine for your individual needs. If you don’t work out regularly or your back is tender, start out with very simple routines. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends very easy exercises such as squats using a wall for support and gentle abdominal squeezes while resting on your back.
Watch your posture and position
Remember your mother telling you to sit up straight? There was a reason for that. Posture isn’t just about looking better. Good posture helps prevent back pain and keeps your back strong. In addition to making sure you’re sitting in a good position at work and at home, you should be cautious about avoiding back injury. Bend at the knees when you lift and avoid bending your back even to do activities like tying your shoes. Try to use a good pillow when you sleep and consider replacing your mattress if yours is old and not supportive.
Back pain can arise from muscle spasms or issues with the discs in your spine. Discs are basically cushions between your vertebrae. Over time or due to injury, these discs can wear down. Symptoms of spinal degeneration include pain, weakness and numbness. Talk to your doctor if you experience back pain. Treatment can range from medication to exercise to surgery. It’s important to get help for back pain as soon as possible so that the issues don’t worsen.
You can count on the Orthopedics & Spine Institute at St. Lucie Medical Center to diagnose and treat any back problems you have. Visit us online or call Consult-A-Nurse at 1-800-449-8345 for a physician referral.