Our bodies are amazing, but they can’t take sustained abuse without breaking down.
The problem is, many times we don’t realize when we are hurting our bodies. Especially when it comes to injuring our backs, we aren’t as careful as we should be.
Modern spine specialist can utilize a number of effective but minimally invasive procedures to solve problems when they happen, but prevention is the best tactic. Here are some movements to watch out for, movements that can lead to serious back injury.
Most know to lift with their legs, but many aren’t exactly sure how to go about lifting in that manner. The most important step is to bend your knees. Make sure you’re close to the object you are lifting, and then keep your back straight as you lift with your quads and calves.
We often hurt our backs when we are reaching when lifting something heavy. Trying to put something on a top shelf, or on the far side of a desk or into the bed of a truck can shift us out of healthy lifting positions into unhealthy ones. In addition to this, don’t be twisting while carrying heavy loads, because your back might not be able to handle the strain.
Be especially careful with objects that are oddly shaped, with uneven weight distribution. Even if you could lift the weight easily, awkward weight distribution that put your back in compromising situations.
Bad Immobile Position
Whether it’s in the chair at the office or the mulch in the garden, we often choose bad positions to work in.
In the office, we are often slouching, or we don’t put our tasks at appropriate eye level in front of us. A good rule is to keep your work above waist level, and to keep your waist level with your knees. Additionally, sitting for many hours at one time is can be bad for you, even if you have decent posture.
Standing too long can also be hard on the back.
Diagnosing the Problem
If you already have back pain, it is important to know the basic symptoms of different kinds of back problems.
The soft tissues around the spine can be a source of back pain. These muscles, called extensor, flexor and oblique muscles, are important for bending, rotating, flexing and are generally essential. Physical therapy is generally the best solution. A medical professional can help you determine if the problem is in the muscles or in the spine itself.
Remember that back pain often comes from degeneration of spinal discs, which can be something that simply happens over time. Injury can also put wear and tear on the disc and worsen degeneration caused by time, as every bend and lift of the body puts stress on the different components of the spine.
If your back pain is accompanied by pain in the chest or high in the back, or down your legs and below the knees, see a back specialist or spine expert. In general, if pain doesn’t become less severe when you lie down, that is another indication to see a specialist.
Numbness around the genitals, buttocks or back passage means that something is wrong with the back internally, and is another sign to go to a spine clinic.
Many of these symptoms point to disc herniation. This can be treated with multiple minimally invasive procedures, such as nucleoplasty and discectomy, which both work to modify spinal discs to relieve pain and regain better function.