Did you know that 80% of the population will have back pain at some point in life.
Activities like hanging Christmas lights and lifting heavy luggage make the holidays a treacherous time when you can injure your spine.
The most common injuries happen when people fall from ladders or strain when lifting boxes and suitcases. However, pain can frequently happen doing almost anything you aren’t used to: sleeping in a guest bed, standing a long time or picking up a kid who grew in the last year.
It's just about proper mechanics when you want to lift up a child. If you bend at your hips, and left them straight up, that can create a problem versus bending down, keeping your spine in an upright, vertical alignment and bending down in your knees and then picking them up from that standpoint.
The core is key to preventing back pain. Core muscles in the belly and the back is the biggest thing to try and prevent these things from happening. Because the stronger your muscles are, the stronger your core, the less likely you are to have these types of injuries.
Since your core strength is crucial in preventing back pain, also remember holiday weight gain can hurt your back, too.
Another simple exercise for a normal, back-pain free life is practicing good posture with everyday tasks like driving.
If it's too late, ice and heat can help with most injuries. The main treatment is anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen.
For more information on preventing and treating back pain, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Attleboro, MA.