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02
Jan
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Avoid Back Pain When Traveling

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Question: It seems like every time I go traveling, whether by car or plane, my low back hurts. I have been out of town with severe back spasms and can't get help. Is there anything I can do to avoid this?

Answer: This seems to be a common occurrence for many people. There are multiple stressors to the low back when traveling. Riding in a car for long periods or sitting on a plane can strain your back. Lifting suitcases, especially out of the trunk of your car poses risk. Placing bags in the overhead compartment on a plane can hurt your back and neck if you arch too much. And to top it off, you may sleep in a crummy bed and wake up worse in the morning!

02
Jan
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Avoid Whiplash In A Crash

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Question: Last winter, my car was hit from behind and I was diagnosed with whiplash to my neck. Is there anything I can do to avoid this again?

Answer: Now that winter has arrived, we can expect more motor vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce about 70% of automobile accidents resulting in death are ice-or-snow related.

02
Jan
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Bend With Twist Causes Back Pain

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Don't bend and twist at the same time! I am devoting this week's article to this simple maxim.

Bending coupled with a twist is one of the most common ways I see patients hurt their own backs. It is something we do often without thinking.

02
Jan
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Computer Aches and Pains

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Question: I sit at the computer and my neck and back hurt by the end of the day. What can I do to avoid this?

Answer: Sitting at a computer can be much harder on your back and neck than you would suspect. Correct posture is absolutely essential for avoiding pain because of the long hours that you stay in one position. The American Chiropractic Association promoted May as Correct Posture Month. This is because poor posture adds stress to your muscles and joints and causes you to expend more energy to function. Long-term poor posture can lead to osteoarthritis as well as impair your breathing, circulation and even digestion.

If you work at a computer, do the following:

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Feb
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Dear Dr. Konicki,

Question: My low back hurts when I stand for even short periods of time. It seems to go away when I walk or sit down. What could cause that?

02
Jan
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Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

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Question: My elderly mother recently fell and fortunately was only bruised badly. Do you have any suggestion for preventing falls?

Answer: Falling is a very serious threat to the elderly. It can easily cause broken bones, such as a hip that leads to long-term disability and eventual decline. Falling on your head may actually cause death.

02
Jan
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Pull Weeds Not Your Back

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Question: When spring arrives, I love to garden, but I always seem to hurt my back. How can I avoid this?

Answer: After a long winter of inactivity, we are all anxious to get outside and pull weeds, mow the lawn and plant flowers. Gardening can provide a great work-out, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety. The back, upper legs, shoulders and arms are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb.

02
Jan
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Select Proper Athletic Shoes

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Proper athletic shoes are crucial in keeping your joints healthy when you exercise. Just because it is a name-brand shoe, it still may not be a good fit for your foot.

There is not one brand that is better than the rest. You need to find the shoe that feels the most comfortable.

02
Jan
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Shoveling Snow Can Be Dangerous

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As I write this, a gentle snow is falling, adding a white outline to the trees outside my window. Who would ever think shoveling snow could be so dangerous to your health? The tragedy of the fatal or near-fatal heart attack or stroke caused by shoveling snow tends to overshadow a much more common problem - back pain.

A shovel of snow weighs 5-10 pounds. This may feel more like 20-40 pounds because of leverage due to the long handle of the shovel. The average driveway will hold hundreds of pounds of snow, requiring numerous repetitions.

02
Jan
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Tips on Getting Good Sleep

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Question: I don't sleep well. Do you have any suggestions for sleeping better? My mattress is 15 years old -- what do you recommend buying?

Answer: An old Chinese proverbs states, "Only when one cannot sleep does one know how long the night is." Anyone with occasional insomnia can relate to this.

In fact, surveys have shown that between 40-60% of the general population have trouble sleeping. Daily stress, job and family pressure, aches and pains and uncomfortable beds and pillows all contribute to poor sleep.