Did you know that in the United States, 87% of the people old enough to drive have their licenses? That's a lot of drivers! So needless to say, Americans spend A LOT of time in cars. And it's no surprise that there is a correlation between the increase in the number of drivers on the road and the increase in the number of people suffering with back pain, because many people are getting out of their cars wrong!
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Society is in a much bigger hurry now than ever before, and it shows when people are exiting their cars. Whether they are in a rush to get where they are going, or they have their hands full, or they're using their phones, or something else, the bottom line is they are not being careful. And when people aren't being careful when it comes to their backs is when injuries occur!
When exiting a car, there is a definite right and wrong way to do it. Certain movements and positions can be terrible for your back. So, pay attention to these tips on what to do and NOT to do to avoid back pain:
DO NOT: Twist your back! This is the most important thing to remember. In fact, it is a good rule of thumb to avoid twisting your back at all unless you have to. Unfortunately, this rule is probably the most often broken by people. Certain ways that you twist and move when exiting a car can put added stress on your spine and lead to back pain.
DO NOT: Move too quickly! You may be in a hurry to get where you are going, but it is not worth it if that hurrying ends with a lower back injury. Being in a rush like that can add extra pressure to the discs in your spine, so remember to move at a rate of speed that is most comfortable to you.
DO: When getting ready to exit your car, put your right hand on the steering wheel and the left hand on the car seat. This not only braces you but helps keep unneccessary pressure off of your spine.
DO: Turn your body and legs AT THE SAME TIME. This way you are twisting your back as little as possible.
DO: Stand up using your knees and hips, and arms as support. Avoid having to use your back to stand up straight.
By being careful and following these tips, you can avoid causing back pain when exiting your car!
At The Illinois Back Institute we are dedicated to educating people, because we know that the more that you understand about your problem, the more likely you are to eliminate it. We specialize in Functional Disc Rehydration - a multi-disciplinary approach to making the back healthierwithout surgery, injections or medications.
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