Habits that Provoke Back Pain

It’s not surprising that back pain ranks as the most common medical complaint. What you may not realize though is that back pain can be caused by some everyday things in your life beyond the obvious activities (e.g. sports injuries, horsing around with the kids) often associated with back pain or discomfort. Here are five everyday things that may be the true cause of your occasional or persistent back pain brought to you by the Santa Monica spine surgeons at The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration.

1. Heavy Bags

That book bag, purse, or tote bag you haul around everyday without thinking could be doing a number on your back. While you’re not likely to literally break your back lugging around a heavy bag, the extra weight can put some added strain on muscles and tendons.

2. Uncomfortable Mattresses/Poor Sleeping Positions

If you experience back pain when waking up, it’s likely from either a lack of support from your mattress (firmer tends to be better than softer). Spine misalignment resulting from poor sleeping positions can also contribute to back pain.

3. Poor Posture

Poor posture, often occurring out of habit without really thinking about it, can put added pressure on joints and muscles supporting the lower cervical vertebrae. A slumped back forces the spine into an unnatural position that can accelerate natural wear and tear on discs between your vertebrae.

4. Too Much Sitting at Work

While you may not be able to do anything about having to work in a fixed spot all day, that prolonged sitting isn’t good for your spine. If your business isn’t among those adopting a workstation setup designed to encourage standing, be the first to make a suggestion–your co-workers will likely thank you.

5. Worn out or Improper Shoes

Recurring lower back pain from improper body alignment may be directly linked to what you have on your feet. Pick your arch based on the shape of your foot. If you have flat feet, you’ll do better with flat shoes. Heels tend to work better if you have a high arch. Even shoes that fit perfectly aren’t going to do you any good with worn out soles and padding.

If you’re looking to find the root cause of your back pain or you’re interested in getting a second opinion, reach out to Dr. Hyun Bae, a leader in non-fusion spine surgeries in Beverly Hills. Dr. Bae can help you determine the cause of your pain and review all your available treatment options as well. Call (310) 828-7757 today and request and in-person consultation.