How To Prevent Back Injuries

//How To Prevent Back Injuries

Thousands of individuals will suffer from lower back pain at any given time. The lower back is the most common area of the spine where injuries can occur.  80% of the American population will suffer from lower back pain and improper lifting is usually at the top of the list as to what often causes this pain. The mechanism of lifting is actually very simple but yet can lead to injury in the lower back when done improperly. Simple bending over movements and slight action can sometimes lead to serious injury and back pain. This video offers a simple discussion that describes the shock absorbers and discs within the spine and what happens to these discs as individuals age and implement improper bending techniques. Twisting during lifting is riskiest movement of all as it puts detrimental pressure on the spine. Twisting during bending will decrease the strength of the disc by 50%. Dr. Corenman provides an in-depth discussion about bending, twisting and proper bending techniques.

According to Dr. Corenman, 80% of the American population will suffer from lower back pain. Many times, lower back pain is the result of poor lifting techniques.  Dr. Corenman states that individuals who lift heavy objects with the object too far away from their body will risk damaging their lower back. Objects should be lifted while they are close to the body. When lifting an object that is too far away, additional strain is put on the lower back. This strain often leads to a tear or specific line in the disc in the lower back. An MRI from the top down will show this injury and will be needed so that Dr. Corenman can evaluate exactly where the pain is coming from. Dr. Corenman recommends rest and anti-inflammatory medication for low back pain; however, some individuals will suffer from chronic back pain and will need additional help such as physical therapy and sometimes surgery.

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About the Author:

Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.