It’s easy to take the health of your spine for granted—until
you begin to experience back pain. Chronic
back pain is a debilitating problem that adversely affects quality of life and productivity.
It’s a common cause of disability and a leading reason for hospital
visits. The neuroscience and orthopedic specialists at Southern Hills
Hospital encourage our neighbors throughout Las Vegas to be proactive
about their spinal health.
You might already know that lifting heavy objects improperly can readily
lead to back pain. Learn more about the importance of proper biomechanics
by watching this video, which features a neurosurgeon at our hospital.
In addition to lifting properly in everyday life, lifting weights in the gym can
improve spinal health by strengthening the core muscles. Consider working with a fitness trainer to develop a program
of squats, deadlifts, and bench presses that build your core muscles.
Other core strengthening exercises can be done without any special equipment,
including the glute-bridge, front plank, and hip rotation.
Have you ever woken up with a stiff neck? The position a person sleeps
in can influence back and neck health. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Side-sleeping is recommended, but make sure your pillow is high enough
to keep the cervical spine in a neutral position. Consider using a body
pillow to keep your body in the right alignment during sleep and place
a small pillow between your knees.
Smoking results in numerous debilitating and life-threatening health problems.
If you were looking for one more reason to quit, the health of your spine
might convince you. Smoking constricts the blood vessels, which inhibits
the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the intervertebral discs. This impairs
the back’s ability to maintain its health and repair damage, which
contributes to back pain. If you smoke, consider talking to a doctor at
your community hospital about effective smoking cessation methods.
Southern Hills Hospital is a leading provider of minimally invasive spine surgery. If you suffer
from persistent or severe back pain and you live in the Las Vegas area,
consider talking to one of our neurosurgeons about your treatment options.
You can request a referral to a specialist at our hospital by calling
our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.