Certain spine injuries and back conditions, like degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis, can make back pain unavoidable, and require treatment like physical therapy or minimally invasive spine surgery. But for many people, lifestyle factors like weight, activity levels, and environment can contribute to poor overall fitness, which can heighten the risk of back pain and even injury in many cases.
The good news is that incorporating a few simple, easy to adopt changes into a daily routine can help the average person lighten the load on their spine.
Get up stand up
The benefits of good posture and sitting up straight have been well documented, and enforced since childhood for some people by well meaning parents and teachers. But the dangers of a predominantly sedentary lifestyle, to spinal as well as overall health, make it important for everyone, especially people that spend a large portion of the day sitting down, to make it a point to stand up, stretch, and move around at regular intervals throughout the day.
If a stand up desk is not an option, scheduling a regular “stand up break,” or taking phone calls on your feet, can help to ease the pressure that prolonged sitting can cause on the lower back. And as for posture, while sitting up is good, taking time to stretch and gently curve the lower back can help to avoid lower back strain.
Mind Your Bed Time
While getting sufficient rest is important not just for staying healthy, but also when recovering from a back injury, in the era of three day Netflix and Hulu binges, it can be easy to forget that spending too much time in bed can actually hurt your back. Getting the recommended average of seven hours of sleep per night is ideal – and a strategically scheduled nap can go a long way towards rejuvenating a tired body. Just don’t overdo it, and remember to alternate rest with healthy physical activity.
A Little Bit Goes a Long Way
Training for a marathon or triathlon can be an incredibly motivating and rewarding experience. However, doing too much too soon can increase the risk of back injuries, especially for weekend warriors who may be tempted to cram all of their exercise and training into a one or two day period. Taking a vigorous walk or a light run after work several times a week can safely build strength and endurance over a period of time.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Los Angeles
If you are experiencing back pain or suffering from a spine injury, contact orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sanjay Khurana at the Los Angeles Spine Group today at 310.321.4333 to schedule a consultation.
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