If you have experienced lower back pain at some point in your life, you aren’t alone. According to Mayo Clinic, most people in the U.S. will experience lower back pain at least once in their lifetimes. In most cases, however, lower back pain can be treated easily and without surgery. Here are some ways to prevent and treat episodes of lower back pain, and get “back” to feeling normal again!
A Healthy Back
Keeping your back healthy by taking a making a few good changes to your lifestyle can prevent back pain before it starts.
· Exercise—Getting regular exercise, like low-impact aerobics, increases your back strength. Walking, swimming and biking are all great exercises that will build strength.
· Weigh in—If you are overweight, you may be putting extra strain on your back. Dropping excess weight can reduce or eliminate lower back pain.
· Strengthen—Performing core strengthening exercises will build your abdominal muscles, which help support your back!
· Ditch the smokes—Smoking reduces the oxygen in spinal tissues and can make it harder for your back to heal.
Protecting Your Back
Treat your back nicely and it will do the same in return. Everyday activities can be done differently do avoid the causes of lower back pain.
· Perfect your posture—to achieve good posture, your ears, shoulders, hips and knees should be aligned when standing. When sitting, your seat should have lower back support and your knees and hips should be level.
· Lift with care—using proper lifting techniques will help you avoid injury that can cause lower back pain. Here’s a quick guide to proper lifting.
· Choose good shoes—A low-heeled, supportive shoe is the best choice.
Treating Back Pain
Most back pain can be relieved at home, with over-the-counter pain relievers, flexibility and stretching exercises, and rest. You doctor can recommend pain relievers and a physical therapy exercise regimen that is tailored to your needs. In severe cases of back pain, injections or surgery may be recommended.
Back pain can be a burden in your everyday life, but there are many measures you can take to lessen pain and prevent it in the future. The Spine Care Center here at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can diagnose the cause of your back pain and provide treatment for you. To find out more, visit us online or give us a call at (727) 869-5586.