3 Moves to Avoid to Prevent Lower Back Injury
There are many reasons why people experience lower back pain. Sudden movements and jerking the back will almost always create some kind of pain, but even sitting without moving for a long period of time can lead to pain. Because of this, many employers offer employee wellness programs to incentivize them to get up and move at certain points of the day. The truth is you could be living a pain-free life one minute, but experience a back injury the next minute. Before you have to change your lifestyle due to a lower back injury, be conscious of these three common body movements.
Twisting While Lifting
Twisting your spine when you lift an item is a good way to make you have to visit an orthopedic spine center. You don’t necessarily have to be lifting a heavy item to hurt your back. Simple tasks like picking up laundry from the ground and twisting your spine to put it in the washing machine could cause a tweak in your back. The best way to prevent this is to square up your body in the direction the item needs to be lifted and bend your knees to pick it straight up.
Lifting With Your Back Instead of Your Legs
Lifting with the back instead of bending the knees is such a common move that people don’t even realize they are doing it. Even bending at the waist to pick up your child could cause a back injury, even though sometimes the move may be unavoidable. But when you’re lifting a heavy item, be conscious about bending the knees instead of the waist. Any orthopedic spine center will tell you this is the most important move you can make to save your back and prevent a potentially significant injury.
Sitting For Too Long
Sitting is one of the most common causes for back pain for Americans, since a large percentage of people sit at a desk all day every day. When you sit for an extended amount of time, you’re putting a significant amount of pressure on your spine, discs, muscles and more. And if you get up suddenly, you could easily hurt yourself. Try to stand up and walk around periodically throughout the day to stretch out your muscles and relieve some of the pressure on your spine. This is one of the most common active spine care techniques to save your long-term back health.
DBC Active Spine Care® has helped more than 200,000 patients worldwide with a 90% positive outcome. Our active spine care technique is what separates us from the standard orthopedic spine center. We will not only treat your injury, but we will also help strengthen your back and supporting muscles to prevent similar injuries in the future. To learn more about our program and how it can help you, contact us today.