Most patients with back pain recover without residual functional loss, but individuals should contact a doctor if there is not a noticeable reduction in pain and inflammation after 72 hours of self-care. Recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics or other non-traumatic causes is often preventable. In order to help prevent back pain injuries, people should:
- Engage in exercises that don't jolt or strain the back
- Maintain correct posture
- Lift objects properly.
Many work-related injuries are caused or aggravated by stressors such as:
- Heavy lifting
- Repetitive motion
- Awkward posture.
Applying ergonomic principles -- designing furniture and tools to protect the body from injury -- at home and in the workplace can greatly reduce the risk of back injury and help maintain a healthy back.