Back Pain Prevention and Relief

Reviewed by Nicola V. Hawkinson, DNP, RN, RNFA

To recover and remain pain-free, follow the treatment plan your doctor has outlined. Make sure you have regular check-ups, and tell your doctor if you are not getting better.
Lifestyle changes are the best road to wellness. If you smoke, now is the time to stop; if you are overweight, now is the time to lose weight. Patients who smoke, are obese, or have psychological problems have more problems with recovery from surgery. Smoking in particular negatively impacts the process of fusion and healing. Take time to learn, adjust to, and adopt habits that will help you preserve your spine for years to come.

Watch our slideshow on 6 everyday bad habits that could be hurting your back and learn how to replace your bad habits—such as having poor posture—with healthy ones.

Back problems can be prevented with some simple measures:

Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Back Injury When Lifting

You can start improving your back today by using proper body mechanics. Improve your posture by eliminating a forward head position and rounded shoulders. You can also do this simple exercise: Tuck your chin back, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and link your arms behind you while squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for a count of five, and repeat several times a day. Exercises like this will increase mobility in your neck and back. They will align your spine, making it easier to stand properly and reducing the chance of future back pain.

Taking care of your back is a lifetime endeavor. Keep up the good work!

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