Practitioners will often recommend following a course of conservative (non-surgical) care, usually at least four to six weeks from the onset of back pain symptoms, before obtaining any type of diagnostic study.
Back, Neck & Spine Awareness & Prevention
Exercise is critical to maintaining a healthy back. People who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from back pain and can recover more quickly if injury occurs.
Nutrition & Weight Control
Your weight can significantly influence your overall health and can have a particular impact on spinal health.
Physical Therapy for Prevention
Physical therapy is effective in improving balance, reducing falls, controlling osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and neck and low back pain.
Focus on good posture to help maintain a neutral spine.
Find your own personal strategies for relaxation during the day.
It’s not how much you lift, it’s how well you lift.
Putting these simple tips into practice may help prevent or alleviate your neck or back pain.
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States and remains a significant public health concern.
A primary care physician may be the first stop for back and neck pain; several specialists can help if pain persists or increases.