Lower back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide, forcing sufferers to miss out on many of the activities they once enjoyed and often prohibiting them from being able to work and support their families. Yet, many of the most common causes of lower back pain are entirely avoidable, say specialists with NJ Spine and Orthopedic.
Among the top five avoidable causes are:
- Your computer screen: The average person spends nine hours a day slouched over looking at a screen, whether it be siting at your desk working on your computer, or looking down at your smartphone. Take breaks including a brisk walk several times a day and neck exercises. Raise your computer screen and hold your smartphone out in front of you, so you’re looking straight forward with your chin up. This will relieve pressure on your shoulders, neck and back.
- Sleeping on your stomach: This can place pressure on joints and muscles, especially if your pillow is too high or too flat to keep your head in line with your spine. Opt for sleeping on your back or side instead, as this helps keep your spine elongated and neutral. If you must sleep on your stomach, place a thin pillow under your hips to help lessen the pressure on your disks, ligaments and muscles.
- Those sky-high heels and those too-flat flip-flops: Both too-high heels and too-low flats can cause back trouble because neither provides sufficient – if any – arch support. Fortunately, you don’t have to forgo your fashionable favorites to avoid back pain. Just make sure your shoes fit properly and alternate your high and low styles throughout the week. And, if you’ll be walking a long distance on a hard surface – to the bus stop, subway, etc – switch out your stilettos for shock-absorbing sneakers instead.
If you have persistent or unexplained lower back pain, it’s important that you see a specialist before the problem worsens. In some cases, relieving back pain through orthopedic surgery may be required. Call 855-586-2615 and schedule an appointment with NJ Spine and Orthopedic.