There’s a good chance that you associate pain in your spine with lifting heavy items or landing badly while playing sports. For many people, however spine problems start when they’re sitting down. Your office chair and computer could send you to the orthopedic doctor with back, neck, shoulder, and elbow pain that originates in the spine. Here is how sitting hurts your spine and what you can do about it:
The main reason that sitting leads to spine problems is because of poor posture. There are a number of different ways people sit that put undue pressure on their spine. Some people hunch over their keyboards to type, while others lean in closely to their computer screens or slump in their chairs all day. Posture can also be affected by chairs that are too high or too low. All of these positions cause the spine to compress, which can lead to inflamed, bulging discs. These discs can start pressing on nerves, which in turn cause pain up and down your back, or in your neck, shoulders, arms, or legs. Orthopedic surgeons frequently treat cases of pain in other areas of the body that actually originate in the spine.
Setting up your desk to encourage proper sitting will help you avoid this kind of spine aggravation. Make sure you have an ergonomically-balanced chair that has been adjusted to meet your specific needs. Sit with your lower back pressed firmly into the chair and make sure you can slide your fingers under your thighs easily. If not, add a foot rest to prop your legs up. Get up every 30 minutes for a quick stretch or walk around the office to keep your body loose.
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Back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss work. Though a sore back can be debilitating, daily stretching can help alleviate the pain you have now and prevent new pain from setting in.
Watch this video to see some easy back stretches you can do at home and with no special equipment. The range of motions you’ll learn in the video, including back flexion exercises and yoga moves that support the back, can help you finally dispel the nagging ache.
When you’re moving quickly, it’s easy to grab something too fast and end up with a painful strain that sends you to the orthopedic doctor . Whenever you need to lift anything, be it a box when you’re moving or a weight while you’re working out, proper technique is the only thing that will keep you from the orthopedist. Avoid these common mistakes to keep pain from strained muscles and pulled ligaments at bay:
Not Checking the Weight
Before you try to pick something up, it’s a good idea to gauge the weight of it. You can’t always tell simply by looking at an object; a very small box can be extremely heavy. Do a quick test lift before you try to lift the object completely.
Not Lifting with Your Legs
Many people make the mistake of bending over at their waists and trying to use their backs to propel themselves upward as they lift. This is a recipe for spinal injuries that could cause back, neck, shoulder, and leg pain. Instead, you should squat down to grab the item and use your legs to lift yourself back up. While squatting, be careful not to arch the back or stick out the bottom as this places a lot of stress on the lower back. Also, keep in mind that you must hold the box/package as close to the body as possible while lifting from a squat and walking or carrying the heavy item. If you have knee pain, ask your orthopedic doctor if it is advisable for you to lift anything, since the pressure put on your legs as you lift could inflame your knee injury.
Not Warming Up
Whenever you have to carry anything, even if it is only one box, a few simple stretches of your legs and back will loosen up your muscles and reduce your risk of injury. Warming up is especially important if you’re lifting weights or plan on moving multiple heavy items.
If you end up with a muscle or ligament strain because of lifting, call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our NYC orthopedic practice specializes in knee, shoulder, ankle, and wrist injuries, and Dr. Mehran Manouel is an expert at treating sports-related orthopedic issues. Set up your appointment with our orthopedic doctor today by calling (866) 650-8063.
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