Low Back Pain - Living With Low Back Pain
Manage your weight
Extra body weight, especially around the waist,
may put strain on your back.
If you want to get to a healthy weight and
stay there, lifestyle changes will work better than dieting.
the three steps to reaching a healthy weight:
- Eat ahealthy diethealthy diet.
moving. Try to make physical activity a regular part of your day, just like
brushing your teeth. Start small, and build up over time. Moderate activity is
safe for most people, but it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor before
you start an exercise program.
- Change your thinking. Our
thoughts have a lot to do with how we feel and what we do. If you can stop your
brain from telling you discouraging things and have it start encouraging you
instead, you may be surprised at how much healthier you'll be—in mind and body.
- Weight Management: Stop Negative
People who smoke take longer to heal—from any injury,
not just back pain. If you stop smoking, you may feel better sooner.
People who smoke are also much more likely to have back pain than people who
don't smoke. This is because the nicotine and other toxins from smoking can
keep spinal discs from getting all the nutrients they need from the blood,
making disc injury more likely. These discs cushion the bones in your spine. An
injured disc can cause low back pain.
Smoking also increases your
risk of bone loss (osteoporosis).
- Interactive Tool: Are You Ready to Quit
- Quitting Smoking: Getting