Give your back a break this summer

Give your back a break this summer

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 22, 2017) —People are constantly on the move during the warm summer months. It’s a popular time for family vacations, moving to a new home, or catching up on outdoor yard chores.

Unfortunately, many of these common activities lead to painful back injuries. In 2014, roughly 3.7 million people visited doctors’ offices for back symptoms related to pain and/or injuries during the summer months (June through August).

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) cautions the public to take steps to strengthen and protect their backs this season.

Expert Advice
“Many back injuries occur from sudden movements during daily activities such as bending, lifting, and twisting,” said AAOS spokesperson Afshin Razi, MD, an orthopaedic spine specialist. “Always be mindful of the way you’re positioning your body and practice safe lifting techniques during these motions. Keep the core muscles in your back and abdomen strong and flexible. Strengthening your core muscles will help to support your spine.”

The AAOS offers the following tips to help prevent back injuries.