Here are some ways that you can avoid hurting your back with a spinal injury.
Cyclists need to protect themselves as much as possible in case of a shock. Helmets are a good start, but it is sometimes not easy to be 100% protected.
Spinal injuries can be very painful and can cause long lasting damage to the spine.
They can be caused by many different types of accidents, from slips and falls to car accidents. A spinal injury could be a very mild cervical strain to something as serious as a slipped disc or even a broken back. If you have a spinal injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault you can be eligible to file your case and claim compensation.
However, if at all possible you will want to prevent a spinal injury from happening in the first place.
Here are some tips that will help you understand what causes spinal injuries and what you can do to avoid them:
- Use the correct form for lifting heavy objects. Bending at the waist and lifting with your back can be very dangerous because it puts a great deal of stress on your spine. Instead, bend your legs and squat down and then use your knees to push back up. Your legs should be doing the heavy lifting work and not your back.
- Get into an exercise routine which builds up your core muscles. Having stronger muscles will help to protect your spine and physical activity actually improves bone density to make your spine stronger. Exercise your abdominals, legs, shoulders, chest and back muscles with weightlifting to make the muscles stronger and then try an exercise such as yoga or Thai Chi to improve flexibility.
- Before playing sports or doing exercises you should always stretch in order to warm up your back muscles. Also, be sure to take it easy if you hardly ever exercise and you are working out or playing a sport for the first time. Start with a basic exercise level and work your way up rather than pushing your body further than it can handle.
- Did you know that your office chair might be doing damage to your spine? Improper back support can put a strain on your spine and cause back pain.
- Whenever you are diving into water, be extremely careful and make sure that you know the depth of the water. If you dive into water that is too shallow, you can impact the bottom and cause a serious spinal injury which could even leave you paralysed.
- Always wear your seatbelt when you are in a vehicle. Most spinal injuries are a result of a car crash, so this is very important to protect yourself.
- When you are working hard, don’t forget to give yourself a break every now and then. When your body is exhausted you are at a higher risk for an injury.
These are just a few ways that you can protect your spine and keep yourself safe from the risk of a spinal injury.