Whether it is exercise, extended periods of sitting, bending, or twisting, if you are feeling discomfort and pain, either rest or stop what you are doing. Listen to your body– pain is a warning signal. If you experience pain while doing any activity, talk to your doctor or physical therapist before continuing the activity.
When sleeping or sitting, make sure your back and neck are properly supported. The alignment of your spine can be upset due to a mattress that is either too soft or a pillow that is too high. Discuss appropriate mattress and pillow options with your doctor. To maintain a healthy spine, make sure your lower back is supported when sitting.
Being overweight can cause excessive pressure on your spine. Losing weight may be a simple solution to reducing your spinal discomfort.
Never use your lower back to lift heavy loads. Instead, use your legs to lift. When lifting, always bend your knees so your arms are at the same level as the object you are lifting. Use this technique to prevent unnecessary strain on you back.
Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones. Talk to your doctor about possible ways to prevent osteoporosis. Some treatments they may suggest include weight bearing exercise, hormone replacement therapies, or consuming the right levels of calcium and vitamin D.
At the Spine Care Center, fixing your existing spine issues is our top priority. However, we also want to help you avoid future injuries by equipping you with the knowledge and habits to maintain a healthy spine. If you are concerned about pain in your back, do not hesitate to call us for an appointment today.