Venturing into the wild presents many opportunities to connect with nature. If you happen to be living with spinal stenosis or other back-related issues, it also means the potential for unexpected aches and pains. By taking some precautions, however, your next trip into the wild can be one with little to no pain and a lot of memorable experiences.
Bend the Right Way
Whether you’re going to be pitching a tent, lighting a fire, or doing anything else likely to require some bending, avoid the temptation to throw your back into it. Bend properly by:
- Keeping your feet firmly on the ground
- Leaning forward at your hips
- Bending with your knees rather than your back
- Keeping your torso straight and avoiding twists
Set Up Camp in a Flat Spot
Pick a spot for your tent or sleeping bag that doesn’t have a steep slope or a lot of rocks and sticks on the ground. Wherever you’re going to sleep should at least be comfortable enough to support your back. If the ground isn’t going to cut it, consider using a self-inflating mattress or a bed-style sleeping bag instead.
Bring Some Essential Comforts from Home
There’s no shame in bringing your own blanket and pillow on your outdoor adventure, especially if you have a history of back pain. Staying comfy while you sleep will make it easier for you to be active during the day.
Don’t Over-Pack Your Backpack
If hiking is on your agenda, ask the people at the sporting goods store to help you choose a backpack that will distribute weight evenly. Only pack what you can comfortably support to avoid placing unnecessary stress on your spine.
Wear the Right Footwear
Tennis shoes, while comfortable, aren’t designed for all surfaces. Choose shoes or boots based on your expected terrain.
Schedule a visit with your Beverly Hills back doctor before you leave for additional guidance on what activities you can safely do and suggestions on appropriate medication adjustments to better manage your back pain. By taking a proactive approach to pain management, your back pain may not be an unwelcome guest on your next adventure.
If you have back pain that isn’t responding to conservative treatments, reach out to Dr. Hyun Bae in Beverly Hills and his team of experienced diagnosticians and spine specialists. Their experience and expertise can ensure the source of your pain is identified and all possible treatment options considered.
For more information or to schedule an in-person consultation at our Beverly Hills office, call (310) 828-7757 today.