Back pain prevention tips from Panther PT in Allison Park, PA

Preventing Back Pain

One struggle that many people share in common is lower back pain. Lower back pain is a problem that everybody faces at some point in their lives, especially when they get older.

Usually, lower back pain is the result of a strained muscle from poor posture or lifting heavy objects. This kind of back pain can usually be treated with over-the-counter painkillers and a few days of rest. 

Severe lower back pain, though, requires professional assistance for treatment. This kind of back pain may be the symptom of a serious condition, such as:

  • Sciatica
  • Slipped disc
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fracture
  • Spinal disorders

A physician can examine the cause of your lower back pain and recommend a course of treatment. Often, treatments include physical therapy.

Can lower back pain be prevented?

Lower back pain that is the result of a serious condition like one of the ones listed above is difficult to prevent. However, minor lower back pain related to strains and poor posture may be prevented by following these tips:

  • Exercising — Exercising and stretching can help strengthen the muscles and ligaments in the back. This helps provide support for your upper body and reduce pressure off the spine. Reducing this pressure can help lower your pain.
  • Correcting your posture — Sitting and standing with poor posture puts a lot of strain on your spine. This can lead to lower back pain and other kinds of pain. Avoid slouching when you sit and stand. Instead, keep your back straight, chest forward and chin up.
  • Eating healthier — Make sure you maintain a regular healthy diet to get the muscles in your back the nutrients they need. Keeping these muscles well-fueled helps them function, which helps reduce pain in your lower back.
  • Sleeping on your side — Sleeping on your stomach or in a twisted position can cause pain in your spine. Even lying flat on your back can put pressure on the spine which causes pain. It’s often best to lie on your side using a pillow that keeps your head level with your spine. This can help reduce the pressure off your back while you sleep.

Treating lower back pain with Panther Physical Therapy in Allison Park, PA

Are you suffering from lower back pain or would like help from a professional with prevention techniques? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.

Our Allison Park location:

4960 PA-8
Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101

We serve from two other locations in Pennsylvania. If Allison Park is too far, check out our locations page to find out which clinic is closest to you.