Low back pain and the common cold are very similar. They hit almost every adult at some point and they leave you out of work and out of energy. Unfortunately, there is no one-time recovery pill that instantly takes the pain away. Instead, treatments and therapies are offered. Naturally, we all want to stay away from the doctor’s office and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, the medical staff assists patients who suffer from low back pain and educates them on things they can do to reduce pain. Our Center is located in Irvine and continues to offer treatment to residents of surrounding California areas. Dr. Burak Ozgur works to come up with unique treatment plans for each individual patient.
Poor posture is perhaps the leading cause of back pain. Driving to work, sitting at our desks, standing in line. We’re always doing something that requires our backs to be up straight. We’ll usually find ourselves slouching over the keyboard by the end of our work day. Our clothes, shoes, chairs, and cars are not built to encourage good posture, and our society doesn’t grieve over it either.
You were probably taught in elementary school that good posture is your ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles aligned on one straight line. The key to good posture is to make sure the region between your nipples and your collarbones is high and forward (without tilting your hips). Don’t just throw your shoulders back. Instead, let your spine guide the motion of bringing your vertebrae towards your breastbone.
Problems with gait, the pattern of movement of our legs and arms, may be a primary cause of low back pain. Normally, we are not paying close attention to the way we are walking. We are essentially trying to get from point A to point B as fast as possible, and the motions come second nature. Yet, if one element of our walk is consistently altered, all other elements will be thrown off as well. Pain on the sides of your back or hips are clues that there is something wrong with your gait. Some common gait disorders include genu valgum, unequal step size, uncompensated trendelenberg gait, and loss of range of motion in hip, knee, or ankle. If you suffer from a compromised gait, consider an orthotic heel lift, or physical therapy to correct your gait and increase your range of motion.
Exercise is the key component to low back pain. Consult with your doctor about the kind of exercises you can do and try to work out at least three times a week. Getting back to your life before back pain consists of physical therapy. Before the possibility of surgery, make sure you are doing all that you can to treat your back pain appropriately.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.