Is This Common Accessory Causing Your Back Pain?
When people experience lower right back pain, they will often blame it on a certain injury from exercising, playing sports or any other event. But when we don’t remember doing any strenuous activity to cause back pain, it could be difficult to self-diagnose the problem. Many times it could be a common accessory contributing to the lower right back pain – the bag you carry every day. The bigger the bag, the more items you put in it, which all adds extra weight and strain on the back. Since medical professionals are saying back pain is one of the most disabling types of pain worldwide, it may be time to do a close evaluation of the bag you carry.
Why Some Bags Hurt Your Back
The type of bag you have can put some unnecessary strain on the back. If you must carry a bag, consider a backpack with two padded straps that go over each shoulder, rather than a single strap. Backpacks will more evenly distribute the weight and can lead to a decreased risk of developing lower right back pain. It’s understandable backpacks are not appropriate to carry all the time, though, so eliminating some items from your bag in those instances should be the next step.
Reducing The Load in Your Bag
If your bag is starting to feel heavy, it’s time to take inventory of the items in it. Most of the time you don’t need multiple bottles of water, several bags of snacks, a couple books and a wallet full of coins. Taking out the unnecessary items before packing your bag around could lead to a lot less weight and a decreased chance of experiencing lower right back pain.
Other good habits to get into is to switch the bag from one side of your body to the other as you’re carrying it. Putting the strain on one side of your back for an extended amount of time can negatively affect the natural curve of the back. Also, investing in a smaller bag in general will save your back, since there are fewer items you can put in it in the first place.
Listen to Your Back
You don’t have to visit medical professionals for them to tell you you’re experiencing back pain. When it’s there, you’ll know it. Don’t ignore back pain of any severity, because it could get worse. This is especially true if you don’t practice good spine care habits and are constantly feeling discomfort. The main thing is to listen to your back when it’s trying to tell you something and see a medical professional to prevent further problems and pain.
DBC Active Spine Care® is the global leader in spine adaptive functional restoration. With our revolutionary spine care practices, we help patients not only relieve their pain, but also prevent future pain from occurring. Whether it’s a common accessory contributing to your back pain or if you’ve suffered a serious injury, contact us today to see how we can help.