A practical guide to back pain prevention

The leading cause of back pain is strained muscles. Muscle strain can be avoided by practicing sound body mechanics while participating in athletics, lifting heavy objects or performing everyday movements.

However, avoiding muscle strain cannot prevent all back pain. In addition to muscle strain or ligament sprain, back pain can be caused by degenerative conditions within the spine. These conditions are usually a natural part of aging. Congenital disorders – disorders that appear at birth – also contribute to back pain.

Steps for back pain prevention

While we can’t prevent the aging process or a congenital disorder, it’s important to be proactive to prevent back pain. Steps that may ease or avoid back pain involve a consistent approach to physical fitness and body mechanics.

These steps may include:

  • Regular exercise. Take a brisk, half hour walk three to four times a week.
  • Proper posture. Keep the back straight and shoulders square while standing or sitting.
  • Better body mechanics. Lift with your legs instead of back muscles. Avoid slumping or slouching while seated.
  • A healthy body weight. A low-fat and low-sodium diet is best.
  • Quitting smoking. In addition to increased risk of cancer and heart disease, the ingredients in tobacco products cause many harmful side effects, like constricting blood vessels that can prevent the flow of nutrients to spinal anatomy.

When back pain becomes debilitating

Back pain caused by nerve compression — which is typically due to an underlying spine condition — may be treated effectively with medication, physical therapy, massage or other nonsurgical methods. However, if chronic back pain persists after weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery. Before you undergo highly invasive traditional open back surgery, learn about the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery by contacting the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute.

Our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from neck and back pain through our state-of-the-art procedures.

We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. Let us help you find relief from chronic neck and back pain.