Possible Reasons Your Back May Be Hurting
That pesky sharp pain in your back, the culprit of your sleepless nights, can often result from everyday activities. Many back strains can happen due to work or exercising. Just being aware of the harmful effects of the things you do every day can keep you from putting your back at further risk.
Lifting Can Cause Back Pain
Heavy lifting is a common cause of back pain. Lifting weights overhead can be especially unsafe. Weights being held overhead put more pressure on the discs and the joints in the spine than normal, leading to their eventual wear. But no matter what you do, make sure not to bend forward and lift at the same time. This is the ultimate sin and puts even more pressure on the back.
A New Exercise or Movement Can Lead To Back Pain
Trying new things is a good thing… but it can have a toll on your body. Trying a new sport or activity can put foreign stress on your back muscles leading to muscle strain.
Too Much of Anything is Bad For You
Any repetitive motion, (twisting, lifting, etc.) can cause the muscles in your back to tighten and tear. Rowing and baseball can be strenuous, and over time, these activities can put your back under chronic strain.
Excessive Driving Can Take a Toll on Your Back
The insistent “are we there yet?” isn’t the only painful part about taking long drives. People who drive for long hours consistently are at risk for developing back strain. The subtle body vibrations that are felt by the driver can cause pain over time. Truck drivers, who sit days behind the wheel, are especially perceptible to chronic pain back.
While some of these activities are unavoidable in daily life, just being aware can be one step towards better health. Most back pain is relatively harmless and can be treated with self-care.
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Dr. Rebeccca Stachniak is a board certified Neurological Spine Surgeon and Medical Director of the Brain & Spine Center of Texas. Dr. Stachniak is part of the faculty at Medtronic as a teaching physician, teaching other spine surgeons on techniques in spine surgery. Having authored many papers, posters, and presentations for major Neurosurgical and Spine related conferences, Dr. Stachniak is highly sought after and regarded around the world speaking at international conferences. Named Top10MD in 2016 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeed within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stachniak, click on her profile or call her office at 972.943.9779.