When it comes to pain that interferes with daily activities, 60-80% of adults experience back pain and 20-70% experience neck pain of that intensity during their lifetime. Pain can be acute due to an accident or trauma, or chronic caused by a lifetime of bad posture or other habits.
At The Spine and Sports Center at The Galleria in Houston, Sugar Land, and the Willowbrook/Cy-Fair area of Texas, Dr. Ed Benny has solutions for severe back pain and neck pain. However, there are a lot of things you can do at home or work to help alleviate these types of pain and prevent recurrences.
Habits that cause neck pain
The number one culprit for neck pain is tech neck. Tech neck is caused by holding your head and neck in an unnatural position, and is associated with the ever-expanding use of technology.
When you tuck your chin to look down at a handheld device like a tablet or phone, the weight of your head on the top of your spine is multiplied. Try holding your phone up to eye level instead.
If you stare at a computer screen all day from a seat that is too low or too high, you can also cause damage to your neck and experience pain. Adjusting your monitor and seat height can help.
Sleeping on your stomach can leave you with a crick in your neck from sleeping with your head turned one way or another. Sleeping sitting up can cause pain as well if your head tilts forward or to one side. Try investing in a body pillow and sleeping on your side if you don’t like sleeping on your back.
Habits that cause back pain
Lifting things that are too heavy can cause acute back pain, but there are many habits that can cause back pain to sneak up on you and become chronic. Even something as simple as lugging a backpack everywhere or wearing the wrong bra can put constant strain on your upper back.
Lower back pain can be caused by sitting for hours at a desk with bad posture, or slumping behind the wheel during long commutes to work and back every day. Working on your posture can help alleviate these issues and break bad habits.
Get a pain consultation
Do you have ongoing battles with neck or back pain? For a pain consultation, call our nearest location or book a visit online today.