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A Look at Lifestyle Factors That Increase Your Risk of Spine Problems

Last updated 2 years ago

Aside from age, there are a number of everyday factors that contribute to the type, severity, and frequency of back pain a person can experience over time. You can find relief for an acute back problem or a chronic condition by recognizing how certain habits take a negative toll on your body. If you’re interested in decreasing your risk of spine problems, consider how these lifestyle factors can affect you:

  • Poor Sleeping: When you are unable to get a good night’s sleep, your mental and physical capacity declines the next day. Over time, lack of sleep can increase your sensitivity to pain. As your body becomes more stressed from fatigue, your muscles can suffer and ultimately lead to back pain.
  • Improper Posture: The correct way to sit down is to align your back against the chair’s back. Excessive slouching and leaning forward will not only worsen existing back pain, but also induce chronic lower back problems. If you are accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle due to your work environment, it is important to take extra caution against overstretching your spinal ligaments.
  • Weight Management: Overweight individuals are more at risk for osteoarthritis due to the extra stress that is put on their bones and joints. Likewise, lower back pain from a herniated disc is often the result of a pinched nerve that is trying to compensate for extra weight. Diet and exercise are therefore essential for maintaining a healthy body.
  • Strenuous Physical Activity: Your spine is a critical feature in your body, allowing you to support heavy objects, participate in sports, and basically carry yourself. By engaging in strenuous physical activities without the proper care and approach, you could cause damaging wear and tear to your spine and surrounding muscles.

Consult with the experts at the Illinois Neurological Institute for more information on how you can protect your spine for life. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists can help you cope with back pain and fix complex disorders. Visit our website or call us at (309) 740-3766 today.


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