Back Problems and Injuries - Prevention
There is no clear evidence that you can
back pain. But there are some things you can do that may help prevent it. And they can prepare you for faster recovery if you
do have back pain.
Exercises to avoid
Some exercises actually increase
the chances of causing of low back pain. Avoid:
- Straight-leg sit-ups.
sit-ups during acute back pain (may be safe if back is kept in neutral
- Leg lifts (lifting both legs while lying on your
- Lifting heavy weights above the waist (military press or
biceps curls while standing).
- Any stretching done while sitting
with the legs in a V position.
- Toe touches while standing.
Work comfort and design
Most back problems that occur
in the workplace are caused by physical stress, such as being in an awkward
position for a long time, making the same motions over and over, and simply
using your back too much. These injuries can cause stress and strain on
muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, blood vessels, or spinal discs.
Arrange your work to help prevent work-related injuries. It is important
to position yourself so that you can sit comfortably and minimize stress on any
one area of your body. Change your positions and tasks as often as possible,
and match tools to your size and preferences. If you are doing a job or task
that requires you to sit for long periods, get up and stretch and move around
at least once an hour.