There are many types of back pain – from a dull, persistent ache to sharp, sudden spikes of pain – that can make it hard to move or be comfortable while at rest. Not always but many times back pain is preventable if understand the causes.
5. Computer Crunch
Many of us sit at a computer all day long. When you sit still it leads to extreme stress on your lower and upper back. The fluid in your discs circulates when you move which means the best way to nourish your spine is by motion. Make sure to get up and move at least once every 20 minutes, stand and stretch, go for a walk to the water cooler and back.
4. Excess Weight
Excess weight can cause or contribute to back pain. The excess strain on your body with pressure on your back and spine can lead to a herniated disc, bulging disc, compression fracture, and degenerative disc disease. These conditions in many cases are preventable. Think about it. Even losing 10lbs can reduce your risk and alleviate the pressure on your back. How do you begin? Cut the sugar from your coffee, remove mayo from your sandwich, choose flavored water over high-sugar juices. Slow and steady can make a big difference.
3. Weekender Stress
When you go from zero to hero on weekends you can pull muscles you haven’t used in a while. Being idle all week makes you susceptible to back injury. Whether it’s cleaning out the garage, or playing softball with friends your back can suffer. Simple tasks can hurt if your body is not ready. Remember to focus on what you’re doing go at a pace that your body can handle.
2. Physical Work
People who work are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the office worker are equally at risk (if not more) for getting back injuries. Physical jobs can take a toll on your body. Constant lifting, pulling and pushing can twist your spine and lead to chronic and excruciating lower back pain. If you work a physical job, (warehouse or other) it’s imperative to bend and lift correctly. Always bend your knees and keep your back straight. And remember, keep objects close to you to reduce strain.
1. Unstable Body
A strong core means a strong back. You don’t have to be an athlete but you should walk daily, stretch regularly and hold simple plank position exercises. You can actually look overweight and still have a very healthy core. By developing stronger core muscles, you’ll be less likely to injure or strain your back muscles – no matter your age.
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Disc Centers of America Bellevue, Physician Dr. Steven Thain