Relieving back pain by altering your lifestyle
Consider how many of your daily movements involve the spine. From turning your head back and forth when you check the street for traffic to sitting upright at your desk and typing on a keyboard, the spine provides the structural support for our body and protects the spinal cord, which is the nerve center of the body.
If you currently experience back pain that is a result of a herniated disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis or any other degenerative condition, it is crucial that you make a conscious effort to protect and support your spine throughout the day. To learn about various methods that can help you manage back pain, read the following article.
Taking care of your spine
Below are a few tips that can help you achieve a strong and healthy spine:
- Choose ergonomic office chairs that offer support for the lower back
- Be careful when participating in recreational sports that might cause or aggravate back pain
- Take part in activities that focus on stretching the muscles in the back, such as yoga, Pilates and other low-impact cardiovascular activities
- Never overexert yourself by lifting objects that are too heavy
- Whether sitting or standing, practice good posture
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
Conservative treatments for back pain
Once you have implemented lifestyle changes that focus on spine health, work with your doctor to develop a plan of conservative treatments for any remaining symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or weakness that could be the result of bone spurs, arthritis of the spine, disc protrusion or a prolapsed disc. These treatments might include over-the-counter or prescription pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cortisone injections, chiropractic care and hot-cold therapy.
As a general rule of thumb, always stay active and hydrated. Limit your intake of foods that are high in saturated fat and high fructose corn syrup, while increasing your consumption of fiber, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Never attempt any course of diet or exercise without the supervision of a doctor. In the event that your conservative treatments do not improve after several weeks or months of conservative therapy, contact the spine care experts at Laser Spine Institute.
Surgical treatments for back pain
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their neck or back conditions. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures, reach out to the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you recapture your quality of life from your chronic pain and get you back to the activities you have been missing out on.