Back Pain Dr in Hackensack Offers 7 Simple Tips for A Healthy Spine

October 14, 2021

HARVARD TRAINED back PAIN DOCTORS in New jersey

Back pain affects millions of individuals every day. Beyond the debilitating pain, this type of affliction can reduce your quality of life by forcing you to miss work and social events, as well as making even ordinary and everyday duties seem impossible tasks.

What’s more, according to a study conducted in 2014, low back pain seems to be the primary cause of work-related disability. But, if you take care of your back and neck now, you can reduce your chances of suffering from discomfort later.

Many of the actions you can take to improve your spine’s general health are as simple as improving your body mechanics, or how you move and keep your posture while doing regular chores and daily activities. Prevention is a much better option than treatment, and you will thank yourself for being proactive as you age.

If you want to learn more about proper spine care continue reading the tips below, provided by Dr Laura Lombardi, a renowned board-certified back pain Dr in Hackensack.

Lift heavy items the proper way

When lifting an object, it’s quite simple to rotate in the wrong direction and injure your spine if you don’t utilize the right technique.

According to our back pain doctors, here’s how to lift properly: Stand as close to the item as possible and pull it up using your legs and knees rather than your back or upper body. Bending your knees so that your arms are at the same height as the item will help tremendously. Keep your back straight and tilt your head forward. Lift and move the object keeping a straight posture, the follow the technique in reverse order when placing the item down. If the object is too heavy to lift alone, ask for help.

You can prevent back pain by maintaining a healthy spine. Dr Laura Lombardi, board-certified back pain dr in Hackensack is here to help!

Get some good rest at night

A good night’s sleep is crucial to your overall health, as it helps your body recover. However, it is not only the quantity of sleep that matters but also the quality. You need to sleep on a comfortable mattress, using supportive pillows to prevent neck pain.

Avoid sleeping on your stomach, as it can put unnecessary pressure on the spine. Instead, sleep on your side, placing a pillow between your knees for additional support. This sleeping position keeps your spine aligned and prevents discomfort.

Do your daily stretches

One of the first pieces of advice our doctors give to patients with back issues is to make a habit out of stretching daily. This helps maintain flexibility, proper joint function, and range of motion. All of these aspects reduce the risk of injury and makes for faster recovery if back pain happens to strike.

Discuss with a doctor that specializes in pain management to recommend some safe stretching routines that you can do at home. Mornings are the best for doing this, but you can also move your routine to evening time.

Keep an overall active life

Stretches are not going to help you that much if you sit at your desk or on the couch for the rest of the day. If you are not physically active, you risk a much bigger chance of developing discomfort that can turn into chronic pain.

Whether you choose to go to the gym on a daily basis, hike, cycle, swim, or play with your children, staying active and moving your body helps keep your spine healthy. Stretching, core-strengthening, and aerobic are the best kind of exercises for your back.

Watch your weight

Exercise, when combined with a balanced diet, can help you keep a healthy weight or lose a few pounds if you need to. What has weight to do with spine health? Well, quite a lot, actually.

Being overweight or gaining a substantial amount of weight fast, can all lead to low back pain. Excess weight, particularly belly fat, can place additional stress on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your lower back, leading to sciatica pain, herniated discs, and other issues that can send you straight to the orthopaedic surgeons.

Manage your back at work

Ergonomics may help alleviate a lot of stress on both the lower and upper back, which decreases the likelihood of severe back conditions.

Make sure your workstation is set up for your height and you can perform your work without needing to bend or twist in uncomfortable positions, whether it’s a laptop, phone, computer desk, or even your automobile. Choose a chair that provides good lumbar support or put a cushion or rolled-up towel behind your lower back. Your knees should be bent at 90 degrees, roughly the same height as your hips, and your feet should lie flat on the floor. When talking on the phone, avoid keeping it between your ear and shoulder to prevent neck pain.

Also, schedule regular breaks to get up and move around the office or your house. Sitting in one place for an extended period of time causes the back muscles to stiffen and become rigid. A brief break is also beneficial to your mental health and productivity.

Don’t ignore potential issues

Don’t overlook any discomfort or issues with your spine. Although back discomfort is common, it might signal a more serious condition. Problems with your spine can develop and become extremely dangerous if left unaddressed. Listen to your body, don’t overdo it, and don’t self-medicate to get rid of symptoms. Seek medical attention to understand more about your spine and the best way to address your problems.

Not all types of back pain are alarming, and it is inevitable that you will experience some back discomfort in your life. What is important, besides prevention, is that you visit a doctor if back pain ever starts affecting your everyday life. Our clinic specializes in the minimally invasive treatment, such as nerve blocks and therapy using a spinal cord stimulator, to help tackle back pain before it becomes a chronic issue. We are available for appointments in the New York and Jersey areas, including Bergen County. Book an appointment with a back pain dr in Hackensack at our conveniently-placed pain clinics in Paramus on Route 17, near the Paramus Park Mall, in Clifton, NJ, on Route 46 E, past the Ford dealership, in West Orange, near the Essex Country Club, and in Woodland Park clinic, on McBride Avenue, right next to Woodland Park Dialysis Center.

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Dr. George Hanna - Back Pain Treatment Specialist in NJ

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Dr. George Hanna

Dr. Hanna is a Harvard Trained back specialist in New Jersey and New York.  He serves as Medical Director of Pain Management.

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Back Pain Doctor Clifton & West Orange NJ

Dr. Laura Lombardi

Dr. Lombardi is a Harvard Trained back pain treatment doctor, currently seeing patients in Clifton and West Orange, New Jersey.

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Back Pain Doctor Clifton & West Orange NJ

Dr. Shane Volney

Dr. Volney is a Harvard Trained back treatment doctor seeing patients in the NJ areas of Clifton & West Orange, and in NYC.

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Back Pain Doctor Clifton & West Orange NJ

Dr. Michael Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is Harvard Trained and Board Certified in Pain Management. His pain center accepts major medical insurances and Medicare.

Dr. Hanna

Dr. George Hanna

Dr. Hanna is a Harvard Trained back specialist in New Jersey and New York.  He serves as Medical Director of Pain Management.
Dr. Hanna

Dr. Laura Lombardi

Dr. Lombardi is a Harvard Trained back pain treatment doctor, currently seeing patients in Clifton and West Orange, and Paramus New Jersey.

Dr. Hanna

Dr. Shane Volney

Dr. Volney is a Harvard Trained back treatment doctor seeing patients in the NJ areas of Clifton & West Orange, and in NYC.

Dr. Hanna

Dr. Michael Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is Harvard Trained and Board Certified in Pain Management. His pain center accepts major medical insurances and Medicare.