At some point in your adult life, you are bound to suffer from a back injury. But there are some simple things you can do to reduce the likelihood of back injury. It will still probably happen at some point, but the more pain-free days you can have as an adult, the better.
The first thing you need to do to prevent back injury is understand the parts of the back and how they work together. Here are the key elements of your back that allow you to bend and twist:
- Your spine is made up of 24 vertebrae (small bones). When these vertebrae are correctly positioned, they form an S-shape, with 1 curve towards your back and 2 curves toward your front.
- In-between your vertebrae are your discs, which are made of cartilage. They prevent your vertebrae from rubbing together and absorb impacts.
- Your vertebrae have specially shaped facet joints, which allow for bending to occur. These joints are held together with tough, stretchy bands called ligaments.
- Inside your spinal column is your spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that travel throughout your body.
- Finally, there are muscles on all sides of your spine. Muscles are the most likely part to be injured, but risk of injury can be reduced by maintaining stronger, more flexible muscles.
So what can you do to protect yourself from back injury? Most injuries are caused by overuse, maintaining an awkward position for an extended time, unsafe lifting and twisting, and repetitive movements. You can reduce your risks by working smarter. Ask for help when you need it. Bend at your knees to lift instead of your back. Use back-saving devices like dollies and handtrucks. Most importantly, stay active and fit. If you do sustain a back injury, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call us at Innisfil Wellness Center to schedule your appointment today.