We all get aches and pains occasionally. Sometimes we know what led to our latest backache, but other times it’s a mystery. We know to use heating pads, OTC meds, and stretches to help it resolve. When it doesn’t go away on its own, suffering from back pain can lead to lost time from work and problems with everyday activities. These situations don’t always need the intervention of a medical professional, but when is it time to see a spine specialist?
A lot of Americans are bound to their desk chairs for eight hours a day. Recent studies have shown how bad a sedentary lifestyle is for your health, but did you know it can also hurt your back and spine? Sitting distorts the natural curve of your spine, which means your back muscles have to hold your back in shape. It’s important for all people with desk jobs to know the issues sitting for too long can cause and how to effectively prevent these issues from developing.
What Does Sitting Do To Your Spine?
Sitting can affect your spine in a variety of ways, including:
- Muscular Back Pain – Sitting for extended periods of time can weaken and stiffen the muscles in your back. It can also decrease the amount of blood circulating and oxygen that reaches the muscle cells.
- Herniated Discs – A sedentary lifestyle puts more pressure on your back and spine, increasing your chances of having a herniated disc.
- Pinched Back Nerves – Sitting for a majority of the day puts extra pressure on the nerve tissue of the spinal bones.
How Can I Prevent Back and Spine Injuries?
Until standing desks become popular for all companies, it’s important to follow these simple tips to prevent back and spine injuries:
- Focus on good posture – Slouching only increases your chance of developing back and spine injuries. Sit up straight with your back pushed against the chair to increase back support.
- Stand every hour – Standing every hour and walking around the office will keep your blood circulating and will stretch out your back.
- Do simple stretches – Placing your hands on your lower back and stretching backwards will take some of the pressure off your back and keep your muscles from getting stiff.
Contact your Dr. Pedlow for information on preventing spine injuries from a sedentary lifestyle.
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Expert Orthopedic Surgeon, Frank X. Pedlow, MD, to be Recognized as a 2017 Top Doctor in Boston, Massachusetts
Frank X. Pedlow, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon currently serving patients within his own private practice, and affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Boston, Massachusetts. Top Doctor Awards is dedicated to selecting and honoring those healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence while delivering the highest standards of patient care.
Dr. Frank X. Pedlow is a very experienced orthopedic surgeon, and is one of the only spine surgeons in New England that has received training in both the Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic principles and techniques of spine surgery. His successful career in medicine began in 1986, when he graduated from New York Medical College. Upon receiving his Medical Degree, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, and served as Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then undertook his Spinal Surgery fellowship at Emory University Spine Center. Dr. Pedlow previously served as a Neurosurgery Fellow at LIJ Medical Center, and also spent time training internationally in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Montreal in Canada, the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in England, and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital in England.
Dr. Pedlow is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and provides surgical and non-surgical solutions for a wide range of conditions and injuries. His practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative conditions of the neck and back, minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation surgery including cervical artificial disc replacement, athletic injuries to the spine, and spine care of the injured worker. He is particularly renowned as a specialist in the treatment of complex spinal disorders.
For his excellence, Dr. Pedlow has been named a top doctor in Boston Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue, and consistently has been named by Best Doctors, Inc. as one of the best orthopaedic spine surgeons in Boston, receiving this honor more than any other orthopaedic spine surgeon in Boston. Dr. Pedlow has also been named one of the region’s “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, has served as the spine consultant for the Boston Bruins, and has treated players from every major professional and many collegiate sports team in Boston. His dedication to his work and extensive expertise in his specialty makes Dr. Frank X. Pedlow a very worthy winner of a 2017 Top Doctor Award.
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