Discover five easy ways to banish back pain.
Did you know that back pain affects as many as 8 out of 10 people during their lives? This sobering fact is a testament to how pervasive back pain is in our world, especially as we age. Try these tips to prevent back pain.
1. Talk to your doctor if you’re hurting.
If you’re frequently in pain, be sure to talk to your doctor to get help. There are many medical interventions and non-invasive therapies that can help you manage your pain. It’s important to get to the underlying cause, so don’t put off seeing your medical care provider.
2. Get help after any injuries or accidents.
Back pain is often caused by an injury or accident. Don’t put off seeing your doctor if you’ve experienced an accident such as a sports injury, a fall or a car collision. The back is comprised of delicate nerves, muscles and bones and without a doctor’s care, it may be impossible to know if you’ve experienced a back or spine injury. A huge part of pain prevention is getting prompt attention.
3. Exercise your back regularly.
You should stretch and strengthen your muscles about three times a week. Whether you do this with the guidance of a physical therapist or at home, it’s a habit you should keep up with throughout your life to keep your back healthy. Try gentle, partial sit-ups and knee-to-chest raising exercises. Intervals of 10 and holding for 10 seconds are a good amount to remember.
4. Watch your posture and movements.
Be good to your back. Use a supportive chair at work and at home, especially if you’re sitting for long periods of time. When you pick things up or bend over to get dressed, always bend at the knees, don’t hunch over.
5. Sleep soundly.
Invest in a good mattress and pillow. If you’re not sure what kind of bedding would provide you the best support, talk to your doctor.
For more information about spine care at Oak Hill Hospital, call us at (352) 596-6632 in Hernando or (352) 628-6441 in Citrus. If you have any questions or need a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120.