Stop Doing This If You Want Less Back Pain

Mar 06, 2024
Stop Doing This If You Want Less Back Pain
Things you do every day without much thought can make your back pain worse. Find out what you should stop doing if you want less back pain. 

Back pain can make simple things like getting out of bed in the morning or getting dressed impossible. Figuring out what you can do to stop the pain is top priority. But what about the things you should stop doing? 

At Addison Pain + Regenerative Medicine in Addison, Texas, our pain management specialist, Dr. John East, takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to back pain. Back pain affects everyone differently, so there’s no universal answer to relief.

If you want less back pain, we suggest stop doing the following things:

Taking it easy

When your back hurts so bad you can’t get out of bed, you may just stay put. But bed rest is the worst thing you can do. Taking it easy causes the muscles in your back to stiffen, worsening your pain.

Unless otherwise directed, get out of bed, move around, and stretch your back muscles so they don’t tighten and exacerbate your back pain.

Sleeping on your stomach

How you sleep can improve or worsen your back pain. Sleeping on your stomach flattens the natural curve of your spine, putting more pressure on your back and spinal joints and intensifying low back pain.

For less back pain, sleep on your side and put a pillow between your legs to relieve pressure on your spinal joints. If you can only sleep on your stomach, put a pillow under the lower part of your stomach and hips to minimize back strain. 

Sitting for long periods

Like bed rest, sitting for long periods causes your muscles and joints to stiffen, making your pain worse. Get up, stretch, and walk around a little every hour to keep your muscles and joints loose and limber. 

When sitting, watch your posture. Sit up straight and keep your feet flat on the floor. Use a chair that provides good lumbar support. Good posture keeps your body in alignment, preventing too much stress and strain on any one part, especially your lower back. 

Lifting heavy things

Lifting items that are too heavy is a common cause of back pain. If you want less back pain, don’t do this. It might sound like common sense, but you may feel the need to test your limits. 

Lifting something that’s too heavy when you have back pain may aggravate an underlying injury and prolong your recovery.

Not exercising

People who are less active are more likely to have back pain. Don’t let your past mistakes keep you from getting relief. 

Regular exercise strengthens the muscles that support your back, reducing excess stress and strain on your spinal and supportive tissues. It also improves circulation to your joints and discs, supporting the healing process. 

You should talk to your doctor or consult a physical therapist before starting an exercise program for your back pain to get a plan that fits your needs and goals.

We know how back pain disrupts daily life. If your current plan isn’t working, we can help. Call our office today at 972-380-0000 or use the book online button to schedule an appointment.