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Tips to Avoid Reinjuring Your Back

By Randi Morse

Generally, when people complain of back pain, what they're complaining of is lower back pain. Lower back pain is much more common than you may think. It's extremely common, both among both blue-collar and white-collar workers, and it's extremely difficult to avoid. It is not uncommon to wake up one morning with low back pain without any idea as to how the pain occurred. Once you've injured your back, it's very easy to reinjure it. There are, however, a few things that you can do to help minimize the possibility of damaging or injuring your lower back.

Lifting Correctly

Unless you have some sort of specific restriction on you, it's likely that you engage in lifting things every day. We all have to lift things daily, and while we usually lift light things, we occasionally have to lift, or help lift something heavy. Most of us know that when we lift heavy things, we have to use proper lifting technique, which includes bending at the knees, not the waist, and using your legs to help you to lift. But what about those everyday things that you lift regularly, like a child or a laundry basket? It's important to ensure that you are using proper lifting technique when you lift these things too. While you can easily and quickly injure your back by lifting something heavy incorrectly, lifting a lot of small things incorrectly can do just as much damage over time.

Abdominal Muscles

When my daughter was 12, she wound up having to go to the doctor because her back was always sore. After a ton of testing we figured out that her back was sore because she was extremely flexible and, when she grew, she didn't strengthen her core muscles. It took a lot of physical therapy for her back to stop hurting. Those core muscles are there for a reason. When you're lifting things, make sure that you engage the abdominal muscles to help you. The abs and the lower back work together to keep your back healthy. If you have one group of muscles that is weak, it will throw your entire body off balance and can cause back injury quickly.

If you're dealing with back pain, a visit to a chiropractor is a great idea. An experienced chiropractor, like those at The Joint Chiropractic, take walk-in visits and have affordable pricing, making it easy to get a professional evaluation. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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