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Back pain and how to help minimize it

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:07 / By Omni Orthopaedics Staff

Back pain and how to help minimize it

As you age, your body is prone to develop some form of chronic pain in some part of your body. The most common location for you to develop a disorder of chronic pain is in your spine. The disorders themselves are not the problem, the problem is when these disorders put pressure onto nearby nerves or your spinal cord, which can cause pain, numbness, or even paralysis. Are you experiencing pain in your back? If so, we recommend that you get in touch with your physician and have them further inspect your pain. Depending on what your situation is, these disorders can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, or even surgery. Deciding which is the right way to treat your neck and back pain begins with a proper diagnosis. Often back pain can be treated non-surgically, but in some cases, it is necessary to perform surgery.

To help prevent injuries and alieviate pain, there are a few things you can do .Start an exercise routine that works your core . Strong core muscles provide support for the lower back and this helps to avoid injury. Low-impact cardio exercises, such as walking, increases blood flow to the spine, which supplies healing nutrients and hydration to the muscles, and tendons in your lower back. If an exercise routine is almost  impossible to adhere to, make the effortl  to slowly get yourself moving. Just climbing up and down your stairs  a few times repeatedly, walking with a friend, or sitting on an exercise ball for a few minutes. 

Work on proper posture Poor posture can put pressure on your back and can cause degenerated discs to become more enflamed. Support the natural curve in your lower spine by using an ergonomic chair. Try to frequently check your posture as your work throughout the day. If you sit for the majority of the day, try to get up and walk around at least once an hour. If you have access to one, use a standup desk for at least part of the day. Use proper lifting techniques when moving objects both at work and at home.  Always bend with the hips and knees and not with your back.   

These are just a few techniques to minimize back injuries. If you do injure your back, please call Omni Orthopaedics for an appointment, at our Canton, OH office at (330) 492-9200, or at our Dover office (330) 602-3200. We're here to help keep you healthy.

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