A Correct Diagnosis is the Start to Managing Your Back Pain

A Correct Diagnosis is the Start to Managing Your Back Pain

Back pain is the most common health problem in the United States, with 8 out of 10 people experiencing it at some point in their life. Living with back pain can be frustrating, exhausting and stressful. Making a few simple changes in your daily routine can help prevent and limit back pain.

The expert team at Spine Surgery of Idaho suggests:

Stay Active

Daily physical activity and exercise can help ease muscle tension, build strength and prevent back pain. Staying active works to limit joint stiffness and helps maintain good range of motion. Work on strengthening your core muscles to add stability and help protect the muscles in your lower back.

Watch Your Posture

When sitting and standing, good posture and spinal alignment are a must. Watch that you aren’t bent over, leaning or slouching. Be sure to use a proper desk chair, one that helps maintain the correct spinal alignment while supporting your lower back. When standing, keep your core engaged and shoulders back.

Use Your Legs When Lifting

Lifting should be an exercise of the legs, not a lower back activity. When lifting heavy items, don’t bend from the waist. Squat down, engage your abdominal muscles and keep the item close to your body. This allows you to use your thigh muscles and your abdominal muscles to do the main lifting, not the smaller muscles of your back.

Lighten Your Wallet and Purse

The big fat wallet that you have in your back pocket and your trendy handbag could be the cause of your back pain.

Sitting on a thick wallet throws off the alignment of your spinal column and can be the cause of back pain. If you’re going to be sitting for long periods of time, lighten the load and remove items you don’t really need. Better yet, move the wallet to a jacket pocket.

Yes, those large handbags are all the rage. You see pictures of celebrities carrying them all over the place. What you don’t see is the shoulder and back strain caused by carrying a bag that’s big and too heavy. The bigger the bag the more tempting it is to bring along things you don’t really need. Before you know it, your handbag weighs more than a small child. You can keep the trendy bag just lighten the load. Bring along only what you need, and frequently switch sides to prevent overstraining one shoulder.

Manage Your Desk Time

Many people spend a good part of their day sitting at a desk, and this is often the source of their back pain. Poor body ergonomics can lead to repetitive motion strain, injuries and chronic back pain. The lack of movement when sitting for long periods of time decreases circulation, limiting nutrients to the discs in the spinal column. Sitting causes more pressure to your spine than standing or lying flat. If you have a desk job, it’s important to get up, move and stretch every 20 minutes.

You’ve incorporated these back-saving measures into your daily routine, but you’re still experiencing pain. It’s time to see a specialist and get an accurate diagnosis, the first step in treating and managing your spine-related issues. Patients in Eastern Idaho experiencing back pain are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Marano. He and his team offer a complete range of spinal care treatments. Call 208-522-6930 to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online request form.