Remain Standing: Take Proper Precautions to Prevent Back Pain
With back and neck pain being such common complaints, it is no surprise that people have a lot of unanswered questions on how to prevent and treat this often unbearable pain. For many people, back pain may last only a few weeks, but for others the pain becomes chronic and debilitating.
Back pain is no laughing matter; in fact, nearly everyone in their lifetime will suffer from some sort of back pain. If you are suffering from chronic back pain in Murfreesboro, our spine, joint and pain management specialists, Brian Dittmann, D.C., will be able to create an appropriate treatment plan to help eliminate your pain. Before we begin, let’s take a look at the basics of back pain.
The Basics of Back Pain Explained
We have all complained of an aching back at some point in our lives, but as painful as it can be, the exact source of back pain is often difficult to identify or pinpoint. There is an array of possible pain producers including muscles, soft connective tissue, ligaments, joint capsules, cartilage, discs and nerves. Through everyday activities – exercise, lifting, playing a sport, etc. – these areas may be pulled, strained, stretched or sprained. Sometimes, small tears that occur in the outer layer of a spinal disc can result in severe back pain in as well.
Many people even experience pain from an abnormal disc that may be degenerating, bulging or even herniated. The duration and severity of a single episode of back pain cannot be predicted based on the onset, location of pain, or even the initial severity. Back pain can be grouped into three general categories of pain: acute, chronic and recurrent acute.
To keep your back healthy and strong remember to:
- Build muscle strength and flexibility
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stand smart
- Lift smart
And if you experience back pain, our Janesville, Beloit, Clinton, WI spine, joint and pain management specialists are available to further discuss your pain and available treatment options.
Lifting Techniques to Avoid Back Pain
To help you prevent back pain, Brian Dittmann, D.C. offer some helpful tips. An important rule to remember when lifting is to never bend from your waist and then stand upright to lift an item from the ground. Keep your back straight and crouch first by bending at the knees or hips. This all depends on where the item is that you are lifting and allows your arms and shoulder muscles to do the brunt of the lifting, rather than your back. Some simple lifting techniques include:
- Make sure you have a place to put the object you are lifting.
- If you need to turn while lifting the object, use your feet to pivot, not your back.
- Your leg muscles should be the ones providing the power during your motion to stand erect, not your back.
- Keep the object close to your body in order to maximize the use of your arms and shoulder muscles.
- Keep your chest forward and bend at your hips, or knees, not your lower back.
- When lifting, push your chest out, pointing forward. Avoid twisting or turning during your lift, as this will cause injury.
- Lead with your hips, not your shoulders and keep your shoulders in line with your hips.
- Don’t lift any objects that are obviously too heavy.
Contact our spine, joint and pain management specialists in Janesville, Beloit, Clinton, WI for further information on proper lifting techniques to avoid injury to your back or any other part of your body. Poor technique can cause both acute injury, and serious chronic pain.
Call our office today at (608) 676-2210 or visit our website at www.clintonchiro.com for more information on back pain in Janesville, Beloit, Clinton, WI and how we can help.