GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point in their life. Whether it's the result of heavy lifting, bending the wrong way, or just getting older, those who have suffered know it's a type of pain that is debilitating.
Common causes of back and neck pain include overuse, strenuous activity, muscle tension or spasms, arthritis, slipped discs and pinched nerves. If any of this sounds familiar to you, Dr. Eric Young of Spectrum Health's Pain Management Division, recommends these prevention tips:
-Practice correct lifting techniques
-Using telephones and workplace computers with proper posture
-Maintain correct posture while sitting, standing, and sleeping
-Participate in regular exercise with proper stretching before hand
-Maintain a healthy weight
-Reduce emotional stress which may cause muscle tension
There are also pain management techniques that can be administered by a doctor if necessary including:
-Pain or nerve blocks
-Spinal cord stimulation
-Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
If you're looking for more information on managing your back pain and ways to prevent further injuries, there is a free seminar taking place at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Managing Spine Pain
Tuesday, May 21 from 7 - 8 p.m.
The Pinnacle Center - Hudsonville
Discover what you can to do to prevent and relieve back and neck pain. Learn about first aid for back pain, exercises, stretching, and proper body positioning. Dr. Young along with physical therapist, Abby Sorensen-Brittich, will be on hand to answer questions. Pre registration required. Call 616-267-2626 and select option 4.
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