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Tips For a Strong Back

Are you tired of living with back and/or neck pain? Do any of the following apply to you:

  •  Back, pelvic or buttock pain following an accident, fall or pregnancy?
  •  Continued pain after lumbar fusion surgery?
  •  Back pain with exercise?
  •  Back pain controlling you life?
  •  Neck pain controlling your life?
  •  Neck pain affect you at work? During sleep?

Approximately eight of 10 Americans experience some form of back or neck pain in their lifetime. If you are one of those millions, you know how debilitating it can be. Here are six tips to help manage back pain:

Dr. Rob Dickerman discusses back pain on WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas program
  1. Get physical – A common misconception about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity. In fact, bed rest is not always the best thing. Moderate exercise like walking releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers.
  2. Get a good night’s sleep – Everyone knows that getting eight hours of restorative sleep is essential for good health and well-being. Back pain is often accompanied or caused by sleep problems or disorders, so treating back pain and sleep problems together is essential.
  3. Develop a six-pack – Exercising and strengthening your core muscles (abdominal and back) can help relieve some lower back pain.
  4. Be a great body mechanic – use good posture and body mechanics in your work, home and play environments. Adjust your workstations, sports equipment and kitchen – anywhere you spend a lot of time – to ensure the proper support of the body and spine.
  5. Go smoke-free – Add tissue inflammation and disruption of blood flow, both of which impact the back, to the list of bad things that can happen when you smoke.
  6. Maintain a healthy body weight – Added weight increases the stress on your joints and back. Enough said!

Sources: American Academy of Spine Physicians and Dr. Rob Dickerman, neurosurgical spine surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

Neurosurgery services at Texas Health Plano include care to patients faced with health conditions that affect the brain, spine and nervous system.

Physicians on the medical staff offer leading-edge technologies and treatment options for conditions such as stroke, brain tumors and spinal tumors.

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