Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stop back pain before it starts

The other day I was emptying a wastebasket--leaning over--and my back HURT! Whoa, whoa, whoa, thought I -- what fresh hell is this?

Brian Bannister, MD, pain management specialist at Atlantic Spine Center in NJ, says back pain is a signal that something has gone wrong in the lower back or pelvic area, most often a muscle spasm or sprain.

That I figured out. Something went wrong. Or as we like to say, went kerflooey.

Most back pain will resolve in a couple of weeks with rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.

But what if you could keep your back in shape so it does not wimp out like this?

The abdominal muscles create 6-packs, but also support the spine. They are the spine's front anchor.

Google how to do elbow planks, abdominal crunches, and pushups. Yoga and Pilates are also effective. Do these 2-3 times a week.

If you already have back pain--consult a therapist or certified trainer for a regimen.

I once woke up with agonizing back squeezes--spasms. I called the doctor--they said oh, you're just middle-aged. A shot of bourbon eventually eased it.

Wait--did I type that out loud? Well, use your own judgment.

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