Prevention of Back pain


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Prevention list: Methods of prevention of Back pain mentioned in various sources includes those listed below. This prevention information is gathered from various sources, and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Back pain.

  • Regular exercise
  • Stretching before sport
  • Quit smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Maintain correct posture
  • Supportive seats while driving
  • Sleeping on the side with knees drawn up
  • Sleeping on the back with a pillow under bent knees
  • Correct lifting posture - bend at the knees not the waist
  • Avoiding standing too long
  • Avoid one position for too long
  • Reduce emotional stress

Prevention of Back pain: Recommendations for preventing initial and recurring episodes of back pain include: regular exercise, stretching before participation in sporting activities, quitting smoking, losing weight, maintaining correct posture, using comfortable, supportive seats while driving, sleeping on the side with knees drawn up or on the back with a pillow under bent knees, lifting by bending at the knees rather than the waist, avoiding standing or working in any one position for too long, and reducing emotional stress that causes muscle tension. 1

By increasing muscle strength and endurance and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps to prevent back pain. 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Back Pain Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Physical Activity and Weight Control: NIDDK

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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