Fact: Exercise strengthens the muscles that support and stabilize your spine. A health care professional can show you exercises that can relieve symptoms of back conditions such as bulged discs or sciatica.
Fact: If you have chronic back pain, gentle exercise, such as walking or stretching, may be able to help. For a sudden injury, some rest can help. However, spending a day or two in bed can actually make pain worse.
Fact: How you lift a heavy object matters more than how much it weighs. Here’s how to do it: Squat close to the object. Keep your back straight and head forward. Push up with your legs while holding the item toward the middle of your body and avoid twisting or bending. If the item is too heavy to lift comfortably, have someone help you.
Fact: When you’re sitting, yes, sit up straight. But the key to good back health is not to spend all your time sitting. If you’re sitting at a desk all day, break up you time with some stretches, and even stand for a while if you can.
Fact: Some back pain is caused by injury, but it can also be caused by disease, infection, an inherited condition or disc degeneration. That is why it’s important to be properly diagnosed by a medical professional.
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