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5 Things You’re Doing Every Day That Puts Your Spine at Risk for Injury

Of all the injuries that you can sustain, spinal injuries are among the worst. Spinal injuries can leave you unable to live everyday life comfortably, let alone play sports. Even relatively minor injuries can leave you in agony.  

Spinal injuries often don’t heal as quickly as other injuries, and you may be more likely to require surgery or spinal cord stimulation to treat them. The best option, therefore, is prevention. In this blog, the providers at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine explain some of the everyday habits that can lead to spinal injuries.

Lack of conditioning

We understand: There’s often not enough time during the week to participate in sports as much as you’d like. That leaves the weekend for playing sports, making you the so-called “weekend warrior.” The problem with this is that your body gets thrown into action once or twice a week, which can be very jarring on your spine.

If you want to play sports on the weekend, that’s fine. But you need to at least do some light exercises on weekdays, such as walking, stretching, or swimming, so your body can be in good condition for the weekend.

Poor posture

Poor posture is very common in the United States. Slouching while you work can compress the discs in your spine and put you at greater risk for injury. Try to take stretching breaks after long periods of looking down at a laptop or cell phone.

Sit up and stand up in as straight a posture as you can. This may take some concentration and awareness at first. If you need some help to stay in the correct position, try imagining that you’re balancing a book on your head.

Weak core muscles

Even if you play sports regularly, your core muscles may not engage much in the sports you play. Your core muscles are deep within your body and go from the base of your head to your pelvis

Having strong core muscles is essential in supporting and strengthening your back. If your core muscles are weak, start out with some simple exercises, such as plank exercises. With the most common plank exercise, you put your hands and elbows on the floor, and you get in the same position as a pushup, and you hold that position for as long as possible. This will help increase the strength of your core muscles.

You can always ask one of our specialists if you need more advice about how to build up your core. 

Carrying excess weight

Carrying excess weight can be hard on your joints and muscles. This can particularly be a problem when it comes to back health, which can be more affected by excess weight. Good exercises that can help you lose weight include jogging, running, cycling, and swimming. We can also suggest exercises and help you get to a healthy weight.

Your job and commute

Many of us have jobs that are relatively, if not completely, sedentary. And if you add long commutes to the mix, this can be a disaster for your back health.

If you have a job where you sit for long periods, try to get up and move around every now and then. Taking a short walk around the office or doing some stretches every hour may help keep your back from getting strained.

Spinal injuries can leave you with significant back pain. You should do everything you can to prevent them. To learn more about preventing spinal injuries, or to get treatment if you have one, book an appointment online or over the phone with Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine today.

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