Back pain is one of the most common ailments that people experience on a daily basis. While there are many underlying causes of back pain, one of the most common is straining your back. Straining your back can happen in a variety of ways, from lifting heavy objects to sitting in an awkward position for too long.
Dr. Sina Rajamand and his team at Battle Born Brain and Spine frequently treat patients throughout Reno with pain from a strained back. Here are the most common ways to strain your back and how you can prevent it from happening.
Lifting Heavy Objects
One of the most common ways to strain your back is by lifting heavy objects. This can happen when you lift a heavy box, furniture or even your children. The key to preventing back strain when lifting heavy objects is proper technique. Make sure to bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting. If the object is too heavy, ask for help or use a machine or device.
Another common cause of back strain is poor posture. When you sit or stand with poor posture, it puts unnecessary strain on your back muscles. To prevent back strain from poor posture, make sure to sit up straight and keep your shoulders back. If you work at a desk, make sure your computer screen is at eye level so you don’t have to hunch over.
Carrying Heavy Bags
Carrying heavy bags, whether it’s a backpack or a purse, can also strain your back. To prevent this, try to keep your bags as light as possible. If you have to carry a heavy bag, make sure to switch sides frequently and use a backpack with two straps instead of a single-strap bag.
Sleeping on an Unsuitable Mattress
Sleeping on an unsuitable mattress can also cause back strain. If your mattress is too soft or too hard, it can put strain on your back muscles. To prevent this, make sure to invest in a high-quality mattress that supports your back properly.
Sudden movements, such as twisting or bending, can also strain your back. To prevent this, make sure to warm up properly before exercising or doing any physical activity. Also, try to avoid sudden movements and instead move slowly and deliberately.
Reno Back Pain Specialists
Over 65 million Americans routinely see a specialist for back pain. Straining your back can happen quickly, but can often be prevented with care and advance planning. Always use proper lifting techniques and use energy-saving devices to lift and carry loads as much as possible. Avoid twisting your body suddenly or while carrying heavy loads.
Dr. Rajamand can offer other advice on preventing back strains, including the benefits of harder or softer mattresses and exercise. If your back pain persists, contact us in Reno for a thorough exam and diagnosis to find the best treatment to relieve pain and restore mobility.