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Preventing General Low Back Pain

Steps you can take to prevent back pain include the following:

  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Consider having your gait evaluated and corrected, if appropriate, with regular spinal alignment.
  • Make sure your work surface is at a comfortable height for you.
  • Use a chair with good lower back support that may recline slightly.
  • If you must sit for long periods, rest your feet on the floor or on a low stool, whichever is more comfortable.
  • If you must stand for long periods, rest one foot on a low stool.
  • If you must drive long distances, use a pillow or a rolled-up towel behind the small of your back. Also, be sure to stop often and walk around for a few minutes.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees or sleep on your side with your knees bent and a pillow between your knees.
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