Back pain is all too common in today’s world and costs consumers millions of dollars per year and countless hours in time lost at work. However, eliminating back pain can often be achieved by making some simple lifestyle changes. Leading a healthier life not only reduces or eliminates back pain but also benefits the individual as a whole.
While we specialize in minimally invasive and motion-preserving spine surgeries at The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration, we take a conservative approach to care that encourages patients to evaluate all non-surgical options when looking to eliminate back pain. Here are a few simple lifestyle changes that can help to prevent back pain:
Maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the nation. The perils that are emphasized with excessive body weight are usually at an risk of cardiac disease and diabetes, but another less mentioned effect is the burden on the skeletal system, especially the spine. Excessive pounds around the abdomen put a dangerous strain on the vertebrae and discs, which can cause pain and injury. Achieving a healthy weight will minimize the pressure on the structures of the spine.
Participate in physical activity.
A reasonable exercise program, preferably prescribed by a physician is crucial in preventing back pain. Great activities that support spinal health include swimming, walking and other low-impact aerobic activities. Not only does exercise build muscle that supports the spine, it aids in maintaining a healthier body weight.
Maximize good habits at work and home.
As individuals move throughout the day, many habits can be formed to better support spinal health. Bending at the knees to lift objects allows the legs to receive the workload rather than the spine. Jobs that require prolonged sitting can aggravate the back, and getting up often to stretch and walk around is recommended. Purchasing an ergonomic chair that provides good lumbar support is also a wise investment.
Manage stress as best as possible.
Excessive tension causes muscles to contract, which causes pain that is often felt around the spine. Yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques can help reduce back pain by easing muscle tension.
Although 90% of back pain can be treated with conservative methods, there are many cases when treatment from a professional back surgeon is required. For more information about chronic back pain, contact The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration. Serving Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, we invite you to reach out to us to request an in-person consultation – (310) 828-7757.