Back pain is a major health issue affecting millions of people; even the cases of low back pain (LBP) in adolescents are rising day by day. Many factors add up and cause this medical condition. Various treatments help, such as rest, physical therapy, medication, and more.
Regular exercise improves core strength, flexibility, and posture.
Core strengthening exercises help build strong abdominal and lower back muscles, which helps provide stability to the spine and reduces the chances of getting a spine injury. When all these come together, they benefit overall health, reduce the chances of injuries, and help prevent spine surgery.
How Important is Posture in Avoiding Spine Surgery?
Good posture while standing, sitting, and sleeping provides overall stability to the spine. While standing do not slouch (stand lazily), stand tall with your head up and shoulders back, and keep your feet shoulder width apart. For sitting, sit with a straight back to reduce the strain on the back. During sleep, proper support to the neck and spine is crucial.
Things like leg pillows, inclined sleeping, side sleeping, etc, make a huge difference in your back pain. The best way to sleep, considered by many, is sleeping on your back with support under your knees. If sleeping on your back isn't working out for you, consider sleeping sideways and placing a pillow between your knees to align your spine and hips.
Sometimes, sleeping in a fetal position (curled up) can also benefit you as it is the natural way your spine should rest.
While good posture is crucial, it cannot single-handedly prevent all spine surgeries. Various factors, including genetics, injuries, and degenerative conditions, can contribute to the need for surgery, even with optimal posture.
The role of a spine surgeon is essential in dealing with various spinal problems. Still, every problem is unique and requires a careful assessment and personalized treatment plan tailored to the patient's needs and circumstances.
Are there Weight-Related Strategies to Prevent Spinal Surgery?
Maintaining a healthy weight is equally important to avoid spine surgery, as mentioned above because excess weight puts more stress on the spine. It makes your spine vulnerable to injuries, sprains & strain, fractures, etc. You can achieve a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
Here are some weight-related strategies to prevent spine surgery:
Maintain BMI - The BMI of a healthy person can range from 18.5 to 24.9; you should focus on achieving it.
Follow a balanced diet - Eat unprocessed foods such as fruits and lean protein. Limit the consumption of sugary drinks (carbonated beverages) and unhealthy fats.
Exercise regularly - Work out with high intensity for at least 30 minutes daily to ditch the extra weight.
Consult a dietician - They can help you plan a healthy diet program according to your goal of losing weight.
Whether your back pain is short-term or long-lasting, there are lots of things you can try before thinking about surgery. Simple changes like sitting properly, staying active, and managing weight can make a big difference. Physical therapy and other non-surgical treatments can also help. Taking action early and trying these options can improve your chances of avoiding surgery or having a successful outcome if needed. So, stay positive and explore your options – there's a lot you can do to feel better!