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6 Tips for Avoiding Back Surgery

Back Surgery RecoveryNearly 80% of Americans struggle with back pain at some point. Back pain can dramatically decrease one’s quality of life and sometimes back surgery is the only remaining option. But, fortunately, there are many efforts that can be made to reduce back pain and the likelihood of needing surgery.

Here are 6 simple tips for avoiding back surgery:

  1. Walking: Studies show the patients with back pain who consistently incorporate a 30-minute walk into their daily routine are able to reduce their back pain and discomfort. Walking and exercising consistently is important for long-term mobility especially for those who suffer from back pain.
  2. Yoga and Stretching: Yoga is a valuable exercise tool for increasing flexibility and soothing sore muscles. There are yoga classes designed specifically for individuals struggling with back pain. Explore yoga studios in your area to see if there are any beginner-level classes.
  3. Healthy Diet: A healthy diet that is rich in nutritious vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and healthy fats can reduce inflammation which can ease back pain. Avoid processed foods and foods that are high in sugar. Furthermore, a balanced diet will help to boost your energy which will improve your mobility and overall wellbeing!
  4. Weight Loss: Carrying excess weight puts pressure on your spine causing back pain. Shedding those extra pounds will work wonders to reduce your discomfort. Losing weight is a critical step in avoiding back surgery.
  5. Spinal Manipulation: As a surgery alternative, your doctor may recommend spinal manipulation therapies by visiting a physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, etc. Many studies indicate that spinal manipulation techniques can reduce back discomfort. Be sure to speak with your doctor before pursuing spinal manipulation.
  6. Over the Counter (OTC) Medication: Managing your discomfort through OTC medication can be a simple way to avoid back surgery if you have mild to moderate back pain. Ibuprofen and naproxen may be beneficial, but you should consult with your doctor before taking any medication.

If you are struggling with back pain, please call NSSC Spine Clinic: 704-864-5550