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Posted October 28, 2015

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see their doctor or miss work, according to the Mayo Clinic, which adds that it is also a leading cause of disability worldwide.

Most people have back pain at least once. Even if you have a strong back, the wear and tear of everyday activities can cause back problems. The good news is that you can take measures to prevent or relieve most back pain episodes. If prevention fails, simple home treatment and proper body mechanics often will heal your back within a few weeks and keep it functional for the long haul. And best of all, surgery is rarely needed to treat back pain.

Be proactive

Following are some steps you can take to prevent back problems or help to recover from an existing condition.

Strengthen your spine. Your muscles and ligaments are what hold your spine together. In order to prevent back injuries, focus on strengthening your core muscles. Engage in aerobic activities such as walking, swimming, and riding a bike.

Avoid injury and practice proper body movements. Avoid twisting and bending at the same time, and practice good posture.

Manage a back injury. Visit your primary care physician when you have an injury. Reduce inflammation with ice for the first 48 hours, then apply heat to the injured site.

Learn more

This informative flyer provides more information on taking care of your back. It includes a list of things you can do to strengthen your back, avoid injury and, if needed, manage a back injury.

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.