Saving the Spine: Restoring Structure For Maximum Result
The physical therapist said, 'Okay, let's go.' I was shocked. I was also excited, just to be able to walk.
I'm lucky. I'm a walking miracle. After you go through something like this, you want to cherish every moment.
How to Keep Your Spine Healthy
• Practice good posture - Standing up straight and sitting properly prevents stress on the spine.
• Sleeping position matters - Sleeping on your side or back is best.
• Use your knees - Bending over with legs straight and hoisting up weight is responsible for many, many back injuries.
• Maintain appropriate weight - Extra weight is another strain on the spine.
• Exercise regularly - Include aerobic and weight-bearing activities. As you age, think about changing your choices to low-impact activities.
• Strengthen your core muscles - A strong core helps support the spine.
• Stretch your body - Flexibility is important. If you have already injured your back, or have suffered from long-term back pain, consult your doctor about which stretching exercises will work best for you.
• A healthy diet - Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains is recommended.
• If your back hurts, see your doctor.
For More Information
• The Stanford Health Library: Stanford Shopping Center, 650-725-8400; Stanford Hospital, 650-725-8100; Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Dr., 650-736-7157. Website: healthlibrary.stanford.edu
• The Stanford Hospital & Clinics Orthopaedic Spine Center, 650-725-5905.