Maintaining good posture, lifting with your legs, and maintaining a healthy
weight are all tried-and-true methods of minimizing back pain. But did
you know that something as simple as changing your footwear might improve
your symptoms or that smoking can compromise your spinal health? At
Southern Hills Hospital, our orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and other healthcare providers
encourage Las Vegas residents to learn more about living life well.
In this featured video, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin of Southern Hills Hospital
explains that many of his patients are surprised to learn about the role
of smoking in back pain. Nicotine reduces the flow of blood to the intervertebral
discs of the spine. This prevents the discs from getting the steady supply
of oxygen and nutrients they need, which results in degenerative changes
and a higher risk of disc herniation.
Reducing Back Strain During Pregnancy
When you visit your local hospital for prenatal care visits, consider asking
the obstetrician or family doctor about ways of minimizing your back pain
during pregnancy. Back pain is particularly common among pregnant women
because of the added abdominal weight and the shift of the center of gravity.
Making ergonomic changes and following a doctor-recommended exercise program can help.
Selecting Back-Friendly Footwear
If you wear stilettos, you should be aware that they drastically change
your normal walking gait, which exerts stress on your back, hips, and
knees. Stilettos also change the distribution of your body weight. To
minimize your back pain, choose footwear that facilitates stability, such
as athletic shoes.
Changing Your Texting Habits
Do you crane your neck to the side to hold your phone between your shoulder
and your ear? Do you spend hours texting while hunched over your phone?
These unhealthy habits strain your neck and may contribute to degenerative
changes and chronic pain. Instead, consider using a headset for your phone.
While texting, hold the phone up to eye level instead of bending your
Southern Hills Hospital of Las Vegas has helped many
patients with chronic and severe back pain get back on their feet. For general information about orthopedic care
and neurosurgery, you can call the Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.
Be sure to visit our website to discover the many ways our physicians
can care for the health of your whole family, including our maternity
care, emergency care, stroke care, and geriatric psychology services.