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Preventative Measures for Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common affliction and it can dramatically affect your quality of life. In order to reduce your risk for developing neck pain, consider making the following lifestyle changes:

  • Avoid straining your neck while looking at your phone: Improper posture while texting or using your smartphone is a leading culprit for causing neck pain. Bending your head forward for long hours during the day can strain your neck. Make sure to take time to put your phone down and relax your neck.
  • Use a headset if you spend a lot of time on the phone: If work at a desk and are responsible for answering phone calls, try using a headset. Supporting a phone in the crook of your neck is a recipe for neck pain!
  • Adjust your computer screen: Make sure your computer monitor is eye-level in order to prevent craning your neck. You should be comfortable while doing computer-work for an extended period of time.
  • Do neck stretches every day: Speak with a spine specialist or neurosurgeon to discuss stretches that can help with neck strains. Delicate nerves and muscles surround your neck, so speaking with a qualified medical professional is important before beginning a new regiment.
  • Get a new pillow: Memory foam and feather pillows contour to the shape of your head and neck. Pillows that are too firm can result in neck stiffness.
  • Try a different sleeping position: Try sleeping on your side or back instead of your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach can result in pain because your neck is turned sharply to the side.
  • Drink plenty of water: Make sure that you consume an abundance of water throughout the day. Dehydration is a leading cause of neck pain since discs between the spine’s vertebrae are comprised of mostly water.
  • Avoid carrying heavy purses on one shoulder: Try to avoid carrying a heavy purse for long periods of time. If you are travelling, switch to carrying a backpack with evenly distributed weight.
  • See a doctor: If you have prolonged neck pain, it may be worth scheduling an appointment with a neurosurgeon to see if you are a candidate for neurosurgery.

At the Neuroscience & Spine Center of the Carolinas, Dr. Hunter and his team of highly qualified Medical Specialists are here to treat your back and spine needs in a professional and compassionate manner. If your neck pains persist or have recently been recommended to speak with a spine specialist then please considering choosing NSSC for your next consultation.

Preventative Measures for Back Pain

A healthy lifestyle is critical for preventing and managing back pain. Consider making the following lifestyle changes if you currently struggle with back pain of any kind:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Maintaining a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) will prevent lower back pain. If you carry excess weight around your midsection, you are likely putting a strain on your lower back muscles. Weight loss is an excellent first step to preventing or reducing back pain.
  • Exercise regularly: Consistent exercise not only reduces tension in your back, but it can also help prevent back injuries in the future. Start with one walk per day and gradually increase your daily cardio-activity.
  • Stop smoking: Studies show that smoking is linked to chronic back pain. Smoking can dramatically increase your risk for lumbar-disc degeneration and other spinal issues.
  • Practice good posture: Holding your shoulders back while you stand and squeezing your abdominal muscles is an ideal posture. While sitting, use a chair with a relatively straight back.
  • Lift heavy objects using only your leg muscles: When lifting heavy objects, squat down with your legs to reach the object and squeeze in with your abdominal muscles while carrying the object. Do not bend over at the waist to lift a heavy object; this can lead to back strains.
  • If you sit for long hours during the day, take regular breaks to stretch: If you work at a desk or maintain a sedentary lifestyle, it’s important to stand up and stretch at least once per hour.
  • Do back-strengthening exercises three times a week: Strengthen your core by doing planks, pelvic floor exercises, and improving your balance and flexibility. Certain yoga practices have also proven to be beneficial in reducing back pain.
  • Work with a doctor: Meeting with a spine specialist or spine surgeon can be helpful in determining the root cause of your back pain. They can also help you determine if you need back surgery.

At the Neuroscience & Spine Center of the Carolinas, Dr. Hunter and his team of highly qualified Medical Specialists are here to treat your back and spine needs in a professional and compassionate manner. If your back pain persists or you’ve recently been told that back surgery is an option please considering choosing NSSC for your next consultation.


Spinal Care in Gastonia 

Are you suffering from consistent discomfort and in need of a Gastonia spine doctor? Call our office at The Spine Clinic at Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas today to learn what we can offer you in terms of elite-level, compassionate care. We’ll go the extra mile to help you achieve and maintain optimum health! 
At The Spine Clinic of Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas, our team of seasoned specialists is proud to offer top tier spinal care to our fellow members of the Gastonia community, extending out to the entire state. Our exceptional treatments are informed by our doctors’ many years of experience in providing comprehensive examinations, treatments for chronic back and neck pain, degenerative scoliosis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal stenosis, ruptured intervertebral discs, spondylosis, spinal injuries and spinal tumors, lumbar degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, as well as issues involving the brain and nerves. With our high-level treatment and the advanced technology at our state-of-the-art facility, we’re able to offer patients highly effective and pain-free treatments that offer freedom from pain and an improved quality of life. We offer brain surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, non-surgical treatment, surgical minimally invasive procedures, stem cell injections, and spine surgery. We also understand the importance of making patients feel respected, welcome, and well-informed; that’s why our light-hearted office environment is carefully maintained to ensure that patients of all ages and walks of life can feel at-home from the moment they walk through our door. Are you suffering from pain and in need of a Gastonia spine doctor? Call our office today to ensure that your treatment is managed by a doctor whom you can trust! 
To speak with a caring Gastonia spine doctor about receiving treatment, reach out to our esteemed office at The Spine Clinic at Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas today!
2555 Court Drive, Suite 400
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054
(704) 864-5550


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