More people are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working from home can have its advantages, but it can also be detrimental for your health. Lack of physical activity and weight gain from sitting in your home office can cause an increase in back pain. If back pain is not addressed properly, it can create musculoskeletal injuries and other orthopedic issues. Here is how you can manage back pain while working from home. (more…)
December 2020 is bound to be different from previous years thanks to the pandemic. Even though there will be changes made in the ways we prepare and celebrate, some things will remain the same. Presumably, decorating and gift giving will continue, although even those activities may come with some changes.
Avoiding Holiday Back Problems
This time of year between climbing ladders, moving furniture and heavy gifts, the opportunity for you to hurt your back is greater than at other times of year. Lifting heavy objects incorrectly puts you in a high-risk category for back strain. Learning how to lift and move correctly will lower your risk and help you have a safer, more enjoyable holiday season.
At its worst, sciatica pain can rank up there with a major toothache. It is a source of back pain that is easily identified and can range from annoying to debilitating. There are treatments available, both home remedies and physical therapies, that can provide pain relief.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of back pain resulting from pressure on the sciatic nerve. The longest nerve in the human body is the sciatic nerve. It runs from your lower back and branches off to innervate both of your hips, buttocks, legs and feet. Pressure on this nerve can affect your lower back, and the pain can radiate through the length of the nerve. It can also cause tingling, numbness or weakness in your leg or foot. (more…)
Whether it is your job and you do it on a daily basis, or if you only do it occasionally at home, proper lifting of heavy objects is important for back health. Doing it wrong can result in straining your back muscles. In fact, lifting heavy objects improperly causes many avoidable back problems.
You may be surprised to learn that just ten pounds of weight puts 100 pounds of pressure on lower back muscles. For every ten pounds you lift, you add an additional 100 pounds of pressure to your back. No wonder your back hurts when you do the heavy lifting. Lifting heavy objects repeatedly over time can do serious damage to back muscles. Lifting properly can save those muscles. (more…)
Shoulder pain, neck pain, back strain and wrist pain can affect your ability to do your best work. An ergonomic assessment can show you where improvements can be made, so your discomfort can be minimized or perhaps even eliminated. Ergonomics is the science of designing a workplace to fit the user’s needs. It increases worker efficiency and productivity while reducing discomfort. (more…)
Along with all the fun of this festive time of year lurks the possibility of an unexpected trip to a place you do not want to go. Every year, thousands of people are rushed to the hospital ER during the holiday season due to injuries from holiday-related accidents. Two of the most common of these are falling off a ladder and muscle strain due to improper lifting of heavy objects. Both types of injuries are avoidable.
The majority of American adults will suffer from nagging back pain at some point in their lives. While there are many causes for this discomfort, taking precautions and practicing healthy spine habits will decrease the likelihood that you will suffer with back pain.
Practicing healthy habits takes a little time and special consideration but when it comes to the alternative, your efforts are well worth the return on spinal health. You can avoid being one of the millions of people who lose time from work or become disabled due to back pain by following these tips for spine health. (more…)
When you spend hours sitting every day, you could be doing damage to your spine unless it is properly supported. Long periods of sitting subjects the spine to large amounts of pressure. Your muscles and spinal discs are affected by this stress. Most individuals also have a habit of sitting hunched forward when they work. This position also adds more pressure to the spinal discs. Additionally, it may over-stretch spinal ligaments. (more…)
One of the major joys in a women’s life is bringing new life into the world. Many mothers cite pregnancy as one of their best experiences. It can also be a time of annoying or debilitating back pain. You may find yourself somewhere on that line of continuum, and the discomfort or pain may be interfering with your daily activities and wearing you down with fatigue. With accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, you can find relief and enjoy your pregnancy. (more…)
As you consider the source of your back pain, you may do a mental inventory of all of the activities that you did recently. Could it be attributed to that hard workout you had on Wednesday? Or could it be due to the heavy load you carried for a friend yesterday? However, there are times when your back pain has nothing to do with a strenuous physical activity you did. It could be due to improper sitting technique.
Listed below are some questions you can ask yourself to evaluate if your sitting position is attributing to your back pain. (more…)