Prevention - Spine



Smokers are more vulnerable to back pain than nonsmokers because nicotine limits the blood flow to the discs that cushion your vertebrae and will increase the chances of degenerative disc disease. Smokers additionally have danger of an osteoporotic fracture than nonsmokers due to the fact that cigarette smoking reduces calcium absorption and stops new bone growth. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking can benefit your fitness in lots of different ways and could reduce your chance of back pain which might occur in the future.

Weight Control

Weight controlling is critical to maintain a healthy back. Additional weight, especially inside the stomach, shifts your center of gravity forward and places additional strain in your lower back muscle tissues.

However, it is also possible to be too skinny, putting you at threat for osteoporosis. The recommendation for this is to eat a well-balanced diet. Extreme modifications in diet can cause lack of muscle and bone density in addition to fats which can affect your spine.

Back Pain during Pregnancy

Most of the pregnant women experience back pain and it is caused for two reasons. One is the extra weight resulting from being pregnant. Another may be the added weight carried in the front of the body, setting extra pressure in the lower back. 


How can you limit discomfort?


  • Exercise routine - Find out from your medical doctor what lower back strengthening exercises are safe for you, and how long you may maintain your everyday workout routine. Swimming is a great way to relieve the stress on your lower back from the added weight of pregnancy.

  • Lifting -  If you have to pick something up, kneel down on one knee with the alternative foot flat on the ground, to the item you are lifting. Lift together with your legs, not your back, maintaining the item near your body always. Be cautious, since it may be easy to lose your balance while you are pregnant. Whenever feasible, get help in lifting items.

  • Carrying - Two small items (one in both hand) can be easier to address than one massive one. If you should carry one large item, hold it close to your body.

  • Sleeping - Sleeping on your back puts an extensive amount of stress to your back. Placing a pillow below your knees reduces the stress in half. Lying on your side with a pillow among your knees also reduces the pressure.

Preventing Osteoporosis

The excellent prevention starts during childhood. However, it is not too late to make effective modifications which could hold off bone loss. 

Your risk of developing osteoporosis depends on how much bone mass you construct among the ages 25 and 35 (peak bone mass) and how fast you lose it as you grow older.

Getting sufficient calcium and vitamin D and exercising on a regular basis can help ensure that your bones stay robust.

Dr Sherief Elsayed

MB BCh MRCS (Eng) FRCS (Tr & Orth) CCT (UK)

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Dubai & Sharjah