Back pain, in its many forms, is one of the most common medical problems in the United States; it affects more than 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives.

Here are some tips for preventing back pain:pain can last for a long period of time, and can become disabling. There are many reasons for back pain; it can occur from sitting in a bad position for a long period of time, from working out incorrectly, to a car accident and many other reasons.

  1. Maintain proper posture:  It’s crucial to maintain a good posture when standing and sitting. When you have a good posture, the spine is in proper alignment, relaxing the muscles and making it easier to balance your body.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight: The spinal ligaments and muscles can only support certain amount of weight; extra weight causes stress and contribute to back pain. Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent back pain.
  3. Remember to stretch. Stretching your back muscles is a good way to prevent back pain, it also prevents further injuries by keeping the muscles and ligaments in your back flexible.
  4. Exercise: Exercise can help maintain a healthy back; it increases the strength and endurance in your back. Experts now know that regular physical activity can help ease the inflammation and muscle tension.
  5. Chose a good mattress: Chose a mattress that supports your back, a mattress should be changes every 10 years and turned over about once a month.
  6. Proper lifting techniques: When lifting you should let your legs do the work, bending at the knees, keeping your back straight and keeping objects close to your body. Never bend at the waist.
  7. Quit smoking: Smoking is the fasted way to damage your spine. Studies have shown that spinal discs get degenerated very quickly in smokers than in non-smokers.
  8. Wear right footwear: When wearing heels, the body is forced to make several adjustments in the spine, the higher the heel, the more pressure is exerted on your back.
  9. Good sleeping posture: Try different sleeping positions that protect your back. If you sleep on your side, try putting a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, use a pillow under your knees.
  10. Manage stress effectively: Find a way to relax on daily basis, when stressed, your body tenses up and does not allow you back muscles to relax. This leads to muscles imbalances and eventually back pain.