Tips for preventing pain caused by back injury
Back pain is something that nearly everyone experiences at some point in life — it’s almost unavoidable. It is common to experience varying degrees of back pain at least once, and the vast majority will experience pain numerous times. Diagnosing the source of back pain is frustrating because the pain can be caused by a variety of sources, ranging from a traumatic injury to a seemingly minor tweak. In order to limit your chance for back injury, it can be helpful to learn about some helpful prevention tips, such as the list outlined in the following article.
What to do to prevent back injury
The good news is that while back injury is relatively common, there are still a number of small, but effective, lifestyle changes you can make to avoid the most common pitfalls:
- Stretch and warm up before any physical activities. Muscle strain in the lower back is an extremely common injury, especially among athletes, that can usually be avoided with proper preparation.
- Stay hydrated, and take frequent breaks to avoid back spasms and cramps.
- Practice proper lifting techniques. Lift with your knees, keep your back straight, keep your abdominal muscles tight and don’t twist or rotate when lifting.
- Avoid or limit high-impact activities and sports that commonly cause injuries, such as hockey or football.
- Be extra careful on slippery surfaces.
- Avoid repetitive activities like bending, lifting or twisting as well as prolonged vibration that puts additional stress on the spine and can accelerate degenerative disc disease.
- Practice good posture when you’re walking, sitting and even lying down. This means keeping your back straight, head forward and shoulders back.
- Eat healthy foods and maintain a good body weight. The burden of supporting additional body weight puts additional stress on the spine and contributes to injury.
Alternative back injury treatments
In addition to back injury, prolonged pain can also be traced to arthritis of the spine, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and a variety of other types of degenerative spine conditions. Reach out to your doctor if your back pain has lasted for several days, is interfering with motor function or has become debilitating.
In most cases, pain caused by back injury can be managed with a conservative course of action, including physical therapy, heat massages, pain medications and chiropractic care. If conservative treatment fails to relieve neck or back pain after several months, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the minimally invasive procedures we offer to help patients find relief from neck or back pain.
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our surgeons use a less than 1-inch, muscle-sparing incision in order to alleviate pain caused by back injury. Reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures.