5 Daily Things YouMay Be Doing That Hurt Your Back

One of the most debilitating conditions a person can suffer from is back pain or neck pain.  This pain limits the way we live our lives and, worst of all, keep us away from doing what we love. What many do not realize is that back pain is often caused by things we may be doing every day without a second thought. It is important to pinpoint what these are and be able to correct them.

1. Overuse

One of the most common ways to injure the back is simply because of overuse and excessive stress. Many who have a job that requires heavy lifting will often suffer from this, especially if they have been in the business for many years. Even if the cargo is not very heavy, the lifting motion will wear the back muscles and joints over time.

2. Your Workout            

Every day, millions of people go to the gym in an effort to stay in shape.  A good number of those people are not using proper technique when on machines or using free weights. This is very detrimental to the spine as Improper technique is something that can damage the back right away, or could wear it down over time.  Even those in the best of shape can suffer a disc herniation from a sudden bending or twisting motion while working out.

3. Your Office Chair                

Everybody who works in an office has that comfortable chair that they could sit in all day. It is great to be comfortable at work, but it can also cause people to become too comfortable. Office workers will often slouch down in their chair and bend their backs.  This bending or hunching puts a tremendous strain on the discs and vertebrae of the spine and causes a myriad of spinal issues.

4. Carrying Your Bag

Another common culprit of back pain is way people will carry their bag. Whether it be a woman with her purse, an employee with their laptop bag or a student with a backpack, people often will throw their bag over one shoulder while in transit. This forces the lower back to shoulder all of the weight which will cause pain if done over time.

5. The Way You Sleep

A leading cause of back pain is often a bad sleeping position. While asleep it is tough to realize what position you are sleeping in, but it is important to at least begin to sleep in the right position. It is universally known that the best way to avoid spinal conditions is to sleep is directly on the back. The fetal position is also ok, as long as long you do not tuck your knees into your chest as this adds pressure to the muscles of the back and spine.

For those suffering from any form of chronic back or neck pain, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible as this may be a sign of nerve injury in the spine.

If treated early enough, the pain will subside with no lasting nerve damage.  However, if left untreated, irreversible damage to the nerve can occur causing lasting pain and potential loss of sensation and certain functions of the legs or arms. Why wait? Stop living with pain. Give Dr. Virella a call today!

Call us at 805.449.0088 to schedule an appointment in Valencia, Simi Valley or  Westlake Village today.