How to Prevent Back Pain from Getting Worse

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Are you suffering from back pain? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that as many as 80 percent of Americans have experienced back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain has been reported as the number one cause of missed work and the number two reason for a visit to the doctor. It has also been reported that Americans spend at least $50 billion every year trying to treat their back pain. If you are looking for some low-cost and easy fixes for your back pain, check out some of the tips below. However, if the pain is severe, be sure to visit a chiropractor.

Watch Your Posture

Posture is a very important key element when it comes to keeping your back pain at ease. Sitting at your desk slumped over is a great way to continue experiencing, and maybe even worsen, your back pain. Try to get in the habit of taking a deep breath, pushing your shoulders back and chest out, and holding that position. This is a great, straight position for your spine that should help relieve some of that back pain you are experiencing.

Be Careful with What You Carry/Lift

Carrying a bag, purse, or backpack that is more than 20 percent of your body weight is something that you should avoid. If there is no way for you to get around carrying such a heavy bag, make sure that you’re packing the heaviest items in the part of the bag that is closest to your body. Labor jobs often require lots of heavy-lifting that can lead to serious back pain when objects are lifted in the improper way. It is important to remember that when you lift objects, you should lift with your knees and keep your back straight.

Wear the Right Shoes

Wearing the wrong shoes is another cause of back pain that people experience. If you are someone who is on your feet a lot, it is important for you to wear shoes such as running shoes, shoes with a specialized insert, prescription orthotics, or, if you must, a maximum of one-inch heels. It is always best to avoid high-heels and shoes that offer little-to-no support. Changing your shoes might seem like a hassle, but it is a super easy fix to annoying back pain.

Be Healthy

Maintaining good health is key for a lot of things in life and it is a very key part to putting your back pain at ease. In order for you to maintain good health, you should be moderately exercising for the recommended 150 minutes per week. This will help you build endurance, muscle, and even maintain a healthy weight. It is important, especially when discussing the prevention of back pain, to maintain a healthy weight. If you are considered overweight, you are at a much higher risk of experiencing back pain. If you have a lot of extra weight in your mid-section, that weight is going to directly impact the back pain you are experiencing.

Remember, you cannot diagnose yourself over the internet, only a doctor can diagnose you. It is important to see a doctor to make sure you find out exactly is causing your back pain. Ask your doctor if these tips might be helpful for you.