If you’ve injured your back before, the last thing you want to do is damage it again. As Pain Science points out, “minor re-injury can stop healing in its tracks, or at least slow it down.” You’re probably already aware that you need to be more mindful of your back health, but do you know about the many unexpected ways that you can hurt your spine? You could end up hurting yourself, or contributing to additional back pain doing basic, everyday activities, especially with an already vulnerable back. Here are some of them.
Every Move You Make
Even at the best of times, small things can damage your back if you aren’t careful. As Fitness Magazine explains, you can hurt it by simply “sitting at the computer, slipping on a pair of shoes, [or] crawling into bed at night,” Or injury may occur while doing something entirely ordinary. Back strains, sprains, and pinched nerves can be caused by overuse or by a new activity, as well as the more obvious culprits such as heavy lifting and accidents.
The time we spend sitting in front of computers and peering at our smart phones is also messing with our spines, while high heels and flats that don’t offer enough arch support can also cause problems. Even sleeping on your stomach could contribute to back pain. Medical News Today adds several more everyday causes to the list, including bending awkwardly, coughing, sneezing, “[s]itting in a hunched position for long periods (e.g. driving)” and “[l]ong driving sessions without a break (even when not hunched).” Sometimes it can seem like the potential for harming your back lurks everywhere!
How to Reduce Risk of Back Pain
While there may be endless ways you could harm your back, there are also a few tried and true methods for reducing risks, many of which will also be useful during the healing process post-injury.
As Medical News Today explains, low-impact aerobic activities that “don’t strain or jerk” the back can be helpful, as can exercises that strengthen your core and increase flexibility. And while a short rest can be important for some injuries, most back pain responds better to activity after a few full days of healing. Be sure to check with your healthcare practitioner if you’re still recovering to find out what you can and can’t do right now.
Maintain good posture. Practice proper lifting technique. Ensure that you have back support when sitting at your desk or lying in bed. Remember to take breaks from working while sitting or driving long distances.
Of course, sometimes things happen, and you do re-injure yourself. Depending on the injury, you may require rest, targeted exercise, heat or cold, medication, and/or physical therapy at different stages of the healing process.
We’ve Got Your Back
Back injuries are common and painful. Luckily, we can provide healing and back pain relief. We help with general back pain from strains and sprains as well as spinal stenosis and herniated discs. We can also help with pain in other areas including the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, hips, and feet through chiropractic care, spinal decompression therapy, gua sha, and more.
Our experienced chiropractor, Dr. Alec Khlebopros, practices a wealth of services, treatment options, and procedures that help to restore patients to their healthy selves.
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