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Spine Health



Fortunately, the majority of spine-related problems may be managed without surgery.  To prevent problems from developing in the neck or back, certain precautions need to be taken.  

  • Minimize repetitive or high-energy trauma to the neck or back.  Choose your recreational and work activities wisely.  If your work environment puts you at risk, an ergonomic evaluation or job site analysis may be needed.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and body weight.
  • Exercises such as walking, swimming, cycling, allow good cardiovascular fitness while minimizing trauma to the spine.
  • Include core body (trunk, abdomen, back) strengthening and stretching exercises into your daily or weekly routine.  This may require a short series of sessions with a physical therapist to establish a reliable and effective home exercise program.
  • Avoid tobacco products.  Nicotine has effects on your cardiovascular system that impairs circulation and contributes to back and neck pain.