As you age, your spinal discs will begin to degenerate. When this happens, you are more than likely to suffer from back pain or other related spinal conditions. Now is the time to make some lifestyle changes to help prevent back pain.

As you age, the likelihood of suffering from back pain is high. As the spinal discs degenerate, you are more likely to suffer from pain or other spinal conditions.

No matter if you have already undergone surgery for a spinal condition or have never dealt with back pain, it is important you make lifestyle changes to prevent back pain.

10 Tips To Protect Your Back

  1. Exercise – this is a no-brainer. Being physically active can help ease inflammation and muscle tension.
  2. Healthy eating – good eating habits can help to balance out your nervous system. Also, if your intestines are functioning properly, it can aid in maintaining your spine. It’s all linked together!
  3. Sleeping in a proper position – Sleeping on your side can prevent back pain as it helps the spine maintain its natural curvature.
  4. Reducing stress – while it is usually easier said than done, reducing stress can help keep your muscles relaxed. Stress can cause your muscles to tense up, which can lead to back pain. What is a great way to relieve stress? Exercise!
  5. Invest in a good mattress – if your bed is more than 8 years old, it’s time to trade it in for a new model. Your bed should be firm, yet comfortable, in order to provide the right back support.
  6. Maintain your posture – if your job requires you to be seated for the majority of the time, make sure you maintain your posture. Use back support for your chair, request an ergonomically correct workstation and get up to stretch once an hour.
  7. Always lift properly – As the saying goes, lift with your legs, not your back. When lifting a heavy object, squat down to pick it up, keep your core tight and hold the object as close to you as possible as you stand.
  8. Adjust your car seat - Don’t lean your seat too far back and make sure your headrest is properly adjusted, the top of it should align with the top for your head so it provides proper neck support.
  9. Strengthen your core – as previously noted, it is all connected. A strong core can help prevent back pain and puts less strain on your back muscles when you are upright.
  10. Quit smoking – smoking can increase your sensitivity to pain and interfere with blood circulation. It can also reduce the flow of nutrients to your muscles and joints.

Protecting your back is important not only before a spinal issue is diagnosed, but also after. A good mattress, maintaining good posture and exercising can all help you prevent back pain and decrease the risk of spinal damage.

If you are suffering from back pain and conservative treatments are not helping, it may be time to consider spinal surgery.

The professionals at The Bonati Spine Institute can complete a thorough physical evaluation and review your MRIs to determine if you're suffering from a spinal condition such as a bulging or herniated disc.