FACT: Back pain is the second most common reason, after a sore throat, for a visit to the doctor.
FACT: Back pain is the leading cause of disability for people under the age of 45.
FACT: Most back pain is preventable.
I always love it when people smarter than me say things that I have been saying for years. Dr. Oz, of Oprah fame, was recently on Good Morning America talking about the most common causes of back pain. To view the interview, click here.
Obviously, in a 5 minute interview, Dr. Oz doesn’t have the time to go into detail on a couple of the real life strategies for preventing or dealing with low back pain. But luckily, in this blog I do:
1. If you sit for long periods of time, be certain to use a good, supportive low back, or lumbar pillow or support in your chair. It is too expensive on your spine to attempt to sit in good posture for prolonged periods of time.
2. It is important to have a stable core, but you must train your core in order for it to be stable.
3. There are shoes for fashion and shoes for function, go for the shoes for function. One of the smartest things I see women do here in the Metropolitan DC area, is wear their sneakers on the metro, to and from work, and then switch out to the stylish shoes once they get to work. Try to minimize your time in the stylish, yet, spine damaging shoes.
For more tips and suggestions on core stability and/or injury prevention, please do not hesitate to email me at DrBooker@CapitolRehab.com don’t forget to enter “Injury Prevention” in the subject line of the email.