Low Back Pain
There is no clear evidence that you can prevent low back pain. But there are some things you can do that may help prevent it. And they can prepare you for faster recovery if you do have low back pain.
- Exercise to keep your back healthy and strong.
- Learn how to lift objects safely to protect your back.
- Think about your posture, whether you are Reference sitting or standing.
- Reference Try different sleeping positions Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window that protect your back.
- Wear low-heeled shoes.
- Stay at a healthy weight to avoid excess strain on your lower back. For more information, see the topic Reference Weight Management.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Eat a Reference healthy diet.
- Reference Manage stress.
To learn more, see Reference Living With Low Back Pain.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 19, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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