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Precautions for patient with back pain

Updated on December 9, 2008

PREVENTIVE ORTHOPEDICS:- Precautions for patient with back pain

Hello friends , I am Dr Ashok Shyam M.S. Orthopedics

Patients with chronic back ache should understand the root cause of there illness and should work towards eliminating these causes.

Certain activities of daily life can be modified to eliminate onging injury to the spine. i have reseached many journals and articles and also from 6 years of personal experience i have enlisted a series of such activity modifications that will help the patients with chronic back ache. these precautions can aslo be used by healthy individuals to avoid back problems

•Sit with knees higher than hips

.do not reach out for overhead objects as it twists an inbalanced spine and may cause ligaments to sterch beyond their limits

•Do not lift weight above head

•Do not lift weight out in front of you

•Do not stoop

•Do not move furniture by pulling it in front of you

•Do not push windows up

•Do not maintain any one position for a prolonged period

•Sleep on firm mattress

•Sleep with hips and knees bend on your side with a pillow between the legs

•While driving a car the seat should be as close to the stearing as possible so that knees are flexed maximally

•While driving put a small pillow behind your back so that you are sitting forward in your seat

•Lazy boy position i.e. sit with knees bend whenever sitting on floor

  • Do not arch your back while getting up from sitting position
  • Move to the front of the chair and then stand up to prevent arching of the back

•Whenever possible do take support while getting up

•Best way to stand is the hotel bar position: one foot on

the ground and the other foot on the brass rail, when rail

is not available use any raised platform

•Never stoop forward while standing

•Never lift anything heavier than 15 pounds or 6-7 kgs when the back is still painful

•Never lift anything heavier than 50 pounds or 12-15 kgs for 6 months

after back ache has stopped

•Never bend over to lift anything off the ground with knees straight

•Never hold anything weighing more than 6 kgs more than 1 feet from the body

•Never lift anything above 10 kgs above shoulder level

•Avoid using stairs and avoid driving as far as possible in early period of treatment

•Avoid impact sports like running skipping, stair stepper and volley ball

•Lose weight wherever indicated

•Avoid sitting with legs straight out

  • never arch your back while lifting anything

do not arch your back while standing with weight in front of body

  • to lift weight sit with knees bend, one toe pointing outwards and one straight with feet slightly apart. slowly get up by extending the knees and do not arch while getting up

  • while standing with weight in hands , do not twist the back to turn around. first point the lower limbs to the direction of change

  • do not arch your back while doing exercises

This compilation is based on purely scientific studies and clinical evidences as well as personal clinical experiences . i hope this will be helpful to all the people who read it. for any queries do mail me at


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      yamagni 16 months ago

      Sir I'm from Karnataka,


      Dear doctor my mother had a back pain from 1 month & we take her to hospitals but there is no use now also she had a pain like needle rapier on her right side and pain on her neck.

      Please advise me any treatment for her......

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      ansh shinde 2 years ago

      your tips are so useful for my dad 's pain thankyou so much

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      Harshita Nikose 2 years ago

      Thanks for excellent information.

      Harshita Nikose

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      monika bafna 3 years ago


      Doc myself monika age 35 rite now my leg has been fracture sense 2 months we have plasters but rite now y report is

      Follow- up case of fracture distal ends of both bones of left leg seen in P.O.P cast .so plz kindly explain me the meaning of this matter.

      Waiting for ure reply.

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      neha khan 4 years ago


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      Girish... 5 years ago

      Hmmm...its really useful tips haan...

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      newfield 5 years ago

      thank you for the wonderful informative page

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      rick 5 years ago

      thank you very much

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      anu 5 years ago

      thank u,,,,,this information is vary helpful for me

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      Vinod 6 years ago

      Are Yaar Ye to bahut saare hain.

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      gopal singh , new delhi 6 years ago

      excellent compilation of things to be keep in mind for persons having back ache.

      Thanks a lot.

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      Aakanksha kanwar 6 years ago

      Thnk u doc. U r being of gr8 help 2 da masses. Its nyc 2 c that there r stil sm ppl left hu r mking best use of their profesions 2 help mankind. U hv smthn more than ethics. Hats off.

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      poonam 6 years ago

      i was searching for this type of matter only


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      heba hassan 6 years ago

      thanx for this's great one


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      arun kumar 7 years ago

      thank u.... this information will help me a lot....

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      Surya Das 7 years ago

      I am a computer proffessional and bound to sit a long time before the monitor.I find your article very informative and helpful.I have lumbar back pain since six months and already gone through medication and physiotherapy treatment.I feel pain if i sit on the floor for 5 miniutes or even half an hour on a chair.

      THE MRI report says there is some ostophytes found , low intensity and pressure on L2,L4,L5. ..etc.

      Please suggest me the kind of exercise only I must do for relief of back pain.



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      govind bhagwani 8 years ago

      this article is a good article for backache sufferers if it is apllied fully.

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      Shanila (UK) 8 years ago

      Thanks after searching the internet for ages I finally found a page with simple details of all the do's and dont's of back pain.

      Thank you.

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      Michele Engholm 9 years ago from Hutchinson

      Thanks so MUCH for this hub. I have advanced degenerative discs in my cervical spine--so believe me....I appreciate all the "spinal advice" I can get.

      : ) thanks again....Michele

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Thank you for your timely advice on this hurtfull subject

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      Rudra 10 years ago

      these tips are great. i will never pick up heavy things from now.

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      sukritha 10 years ago from Cochin