Bad Habits That Are Making Your Back Pain Worse

Do you suffer from back pain? If so, you aren’t alone. It affects about 60-80% adults. Whether you experience this condition from an injury or from a simple wrong move, such as bending down or standing up too fast, it can take a toll on your body.

Double board-certified physician Navin Mallavaram, MD, and our team at The Spine & Pain Center of California in Fremont and Pleasanton, offer the highest level of expertise for your back pain. We understand the severe discomfort it can cause and how it can stop you from performing your everyday routine or activities. Not only do we provide treatments to help you heal, but we also have guidance on how you can avoid back pain altogether.

Bad habits are some of the main causes of your back and neck pain. There are many lifestyle habits that don’t seem harmful on the surface. Paying attention to the following can help you avoid ongoing issues with your back or neck.

1. Adjust your technological devices for viewing

Have you ever heard of tech neck, also called text neck? You can develop this condition when you look down at a computer or a screen in your hand all day. When your chin stays tucked in your chest for long periods of time, the weight of your head and the pressure on your neck can affect your spine and cause pain. We recommend that you raise your devices to eye level to take away the pressure.

2. Adjust your sleeping position

If you wake up with stiffness and soreness in your back or upper shoulders, it might be from sleeping on your stomach. Changing your sleep position from your stomach to your side can relieve you of pain. A body pillow can help you make this adjustment.

You also want to avoid falling asleep while sitting up in front of the television or sitting in front of your computer.

3. Sit up straight

Slouching in your chair for hours while you sit at a desk can cause issues with your lower back. You may want to invest in an ergonomic office chair for proper support.

If you have a long drive, be sure to use good posture while you’re behind the steering wheel. Stay aware of your posture throughout the day, and take breaks to move your body and stretch your spine.

Oddly enough, other actions, such as wearing a bra that doesn’t fit right or carrying too much weight in an overstuffed bag can cause pain, as well. When you look at your daily routine and your habits, try to avoid anything that might cause unnecessary back strain. Making small changes can produce desirable results.

To learn more about how to avoid back pain or to receive treatment, contact us today for an appointment with Dr. Mallavaram. Call a location near you, or use the online booking tool. Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions or concerns.

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