In the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we help patients beat back pain with minimally-invasive surgery procedures. However, not every case of back pain requires surgical intervention. There are many things you can do to care for your spine at home that can alleviate your discomfort and prevent future spine issues. If you’re living with back pain, give these techniques a try.
Don’t Stop Being Active
There is a common misconception that you should limit your activity as much as possible if you’re experiencing back pain, but in fact, just the opposite is true. For most people, becoming inactive only exacerbates the issue. Unless there is an identified injury or specific cause of your back pain that requires you to stay immobile, you should only curb your activities for the first few days after the onset of your pain. After that, talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about good activities for you. Strengthening your back through exercise can help keep future bouts of pain at bay.
Change Your Sleeping Position
If you sleep in a position that leaves your spine out of alignment, you’ll intensify your pain every night. The fetal position, with a pillow between your legs, is the ideal way to sleep to ease back pain symptoms. If you sleep on your back and can’t break the habit, try placing a rolled towel or pillow under your knees to keep your spine in a healthy position.
Avoid Heavy Lifting
Many cases of back pain—and many instances of worsening back pain—can be traced back to lifting things that are too heavy. If you’re not sure of the weight of something, test it before you try to lift it. Don’t attempt to lift heavy objects on your own, and when you pick items up, be sure to use your legs to lift instead of your spine.
If surgery is ultimately recommended by your physician, the spine surgery team at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota can put an end to your pain with state-of-the-art Mazor robotic surgery. With Mazor, our surgeons can perform minimally-invasive procedures with less pain during recovery. Please visit our website for more information.