There are many ways that we can hurt our backs, and many causes of back pain. Acute back pain can be the result of overuse or injury, while chronic pain can follow injury, degeneration, and structural changes such as narrowing of the spaces around the spinal cord, curvatures, bony growths and more.
The best solution to the painful symptoms of these conditions is treatment provided by professionals like our lumbar spine specialist in New Jersey, but patients also need to address these issues in the interim between first experiencing pain and the time that the treatment takes effect.
Here are some suggestions that can help you deal with the back pain you’re experiencing today.
Don’t be a hero.
Pushing through pain is only going to make things worse, so the best thing you can do is pay attention to the signals that your body is sending you. If doing something hurts, then stop doing it!
Understand the line between recuperating and resting too much.
The idea of staying in bed or your favorite chair may be appealing, but it is not necessarily doing you any good. Movement will help keep your muscles strong, limber and flexible, so stay as active as you can, without adding to your pain.
Pay attention to your posture.
Whether you are sitting or standing, keeping your body in a properly aligned position is the best way to protect your back.
Stay away from things that force you to slouch.
This can include soft, low couches. If you’re driving, make sure that you are positioned in a way that provides support to your lumbar back — a pillow, rolled up towel or even a magazine can help with this, and when you’re getting out of your vehicle don’t twist to get out. Instead, turn your whole body towards the door and then push up with both legs.
If you’re seated at your desk make sure that your upper legs are perpendicular to the floor and your work surface allows you to rest your arms at a comfortable height in front of you. You may find that you can find relief from back pain by elevating your feet on a low stool.
Stay away from actions that require you to bed at the waist or put too much stress on your back.
When you need to rise from a seated position, move your backside to the edge of the seat so that you can leverage the strength of your legs.
When lifting, make sure that you hold the load close to your body, and if you think that whatever you’re picking up is too heavy, don’t do it.
Accept and ask for help from those around you, whether it is a family member, co-worker or the cashier at the supermarket.
Take care of your overall health.
If you smoke, then stop, or at the very least cut back. Try to keep yourself at a healthy weight and eat whole foods that build muscle and bone.
If you’re suffering from back pain, you want to do more than deal with it – you want to recover and return to your normal abilities. Call us today to set up an appointment with a lumbar spine specialist who can address your medical needs.