Getting Heavy, Cervical Arthritis, and How Not To Hurt Your Back


Gaining weight will hurt your back. Over the years, people gain weight during the holidays, and that weight gained can turn into back pain. It is very hard to lose the weight put on from those fudge squares. Most people take up to 10 months to lose the weight. Losing the weight is too hard for some people. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that shows most people take 10 months of dieting to lose the weight gain put on during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Weight gain causes the spine to work harder to carry the extra weight around. When you are overweight, you are more likely to injure your back, and it is more difficult to recover--the result can be chronic back pain. Back specialists now know that being overweight can cause spinal stenosis, compression fractures, and even degenerative disc disease.

Learn About Cervical Spondylosis

Spondylosis is arhtritis of the spine. Spondylosis is a common condition. Spondylosis happens with age and impacts the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical regions of the spine.

Spondylosis, when affecting the facet joints in the spine, is called osteoarthritis. All types of spondylosis are degenerative disorders which means they worsen with age.

With recent advancements in MRI technology, your doctor can use an MRI scan to detect spondylosis. The MRI will reveal the disc space between vertebrae. If the space narrows, you have spondylosis.

The medical term for cervical arthritis is cervical spondylosis. Usually the only symptom of cervical spondylosis is neck pain. If you have cervical spondylosis, your spinal canal may be narrowing causing some nerves in the spinal cord to be compressed which in turn can cause pain in arms or legs.

If your pain is severe from cervical spondylosis, the doctor will order bed rest with a traction on the neck. If the pain is really bad and an inflammatory component present, your doctor can give you a cervical epidural block.

Anti-inflammatory medicines are used to treat cervical spondylosis. Mobilization might help to relieve pain further.

You Need To Know This About Avoiding Back Pain

You can avoid back pain by learning proper body mechanics.

Keep your back healthy:

Exercise. Aerobic exercises are a great way to increase muscle strength in your back.

Swimming is also a great exercise that will soothe your aching back. Check with your doctor about which type of exercise works best for you.

Increase flexibility and build muscle strenth. Work on strengthening your abs and back muscles. In physical therapy, these are known as core-strengthening exercises. Increasing flexibility in your upper legs and hips helps align your pelvic bone and will make your back feel better.

Lose weight. This is the biggest cause of back pain (second only to weak muscles). The more you weigh, the more strain that is put on your back muscles.

Use proper body mechanics:

Stand smart. Maintain a neutral pelvic position. If you must stand for long periods of time, alternate placing your feet on a low footstool to take some of the load off your lower back.

Maintain good posture when sitting by keeping your knees and hips level. You also should have a chair with lower back support to help maintain the natural curve of your spine.

Lift smart. Let your legs do the work. Move straight up and down. Keep your back straight and bend only at the knees. Hold the load close to your body. Avoid lifting and twisting simultaneously. Find a lifting partner if the object is heavy or awkward.

Sleep on a firm mattress and use a cervical neck pillow or foam pillow for support. Do not use a pillow that forces your neck upward at a steep angle.

Edward Mullen is a physical therapy guru and is a writer on back pain treatments. When are you going to get tired enough of back pain to do something about it? Do something about your back pain right now, go to Relief From Back Pain ,which is the best way to get back pain relief.

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