During our daily lives, we take precautions to avoid injury. We wear our seatbelts in the car and a helmet when we ride our bike, and we pay attention to potential dangers around us. However, do you ever think about how what you’re doing is affecting your spine? When your back hurts at the end of the day, you may ask yourself, “What strenuous activity did I do that caused this pain?” It’s important to remember that even if you didn’t do anything too taxing, you could still be doing damage to your back. In this post, we’ll look at a few everyday activities that can lead to back pain.
This is an activity you do every day, and you’re not even awake when you do it! We spend so much of our lives sleeping that it’s important that we have the proper spine support while we do it. An uncomfortable mattress or an improper sleeping position can lead to chronic back pain, and it’s important to know how and where you rest best. Back stiffness in the morning is a good indicator that a change needs to be made to your sleeping posture.
We’ve written before about those who drive for a living, and an extended period of time behind the wheel can cause or exacerbate chronic pain. Where you sit in the driver’s seat, how the seat is positioned, and how straight you sit can help you avoid discomfort, and if you know you’ll be in the car for a few hours each day, consider investing a pillow or cushion that keeps your spine in the proper position.
Walking the Dog
If you own a dog, you want to make sure it gets the exercise it needs to stay happy and healthy. However, if your dog likes to pull on the leash, you could end up throwing one side of your body out of alignment. If you hold the leash in your right hand and the dog is constantly jerking that side of your body, the result could be lower back and hip pain. Your torso is turning as you try to restrain your pooch, and changing the harness, collar, and/or leash you use can be very beneficial to your back (and your dog’s level of obedience).
There are many other daily activities that can lead to back pain, or make the pain you have even worse. If you’re experiencing discomfort, it’s important to speak with a doctor or medical professional who can prescribe the proper treatment and/or medication for your specific condition. Rest can be a good remedy, but remaining too sedentary can actually be more detrimental than helpful for your spine. It’s good to find a balance between activity and inactivity so that your body can remain active but also have the time it needs to recover.
If you’re looking for treatment in Loveland, come to the Colorado Spine Institute today. We can help you understand what’s causing your pain, and recommend the best course for decreasing its impact on your life.