Since the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, medicine has gotten quite the makeover. In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, many offices have had to change the way they see patients. As we move forward, we must rethink how various health concerns may be addressed adequately even during times when a face-to-face visit with the doctor is not possible.
Tips for a Healthy Spine
If you cannot see a doctor right away to discuss back pain, you can take steps to promote a healthy spine in the interim.
- Remain active. When experiencing back pain, you may feel less inclined to exercise. However, you may be able to look up specific exercises online that will help prevent stiffness and limited range of motion. Walking or riding a stationary bike can keep circulation moving through the inflamed area without placing undue stress on the affected area of the spine. This is a better option for preventing further discomfort than staying in bed.
- Schedule a virtual visit. The term “telehealth” is becoming increasingly popular these days. Doctors aim to continue providing a high quality of care to patients in the absence of in-office visits. A virtual visit allows us to discuss symptoms, what may have caused them, how often they occur, and how long they have existed. This consultation can be a significant step in understanding how to move forward in resolving back pain.
- Stop doing the same old thing. When back or neck pain develops, it is an indication that the normal activities that are being performed may have caused or are exacerbating an injury. This is not an instance in which “pushing through pain” can be beneficial. There is nothing to gain by continuing on like nothing is wrong. If pain is a problem, consider how it can be alleviated through habits, such as placing a pillow behind the back when sitting or moving the computer screen to relieve pressure on the neck and upper back.