Wang Yu Hui
Standing still (Commuting / waiting for someone)
Prolonged standing causes your body to become fatigued and places more pressure on your joints. This leads to back stiffness as well as tightened and aching back muscles.
Using your mobile phone
When looking down at your phone, whether standing or sitting, your neck is bent forward and has to support the full weight of your head. This puts additional stress on the neck muscles and spine.
Working in the office
Improper posture at your desk can cause discomfort and pain to your back and spine. Your spine has a natural curve, and a bad posture challenges it unnecessarily.
Lifting heavy objects
A study found that 19% of patients with back pain work in the transport and storage sector. When wrong techniques – like bending over to pick up heavy objects – are carried out, greater force is placed on the joints and muscles, which can lead to pain.
To keep your spine happy and healthy, be sure to do these 3 things:
Lower back pain affects a majority of Singaporeans. Prompt diagnosis is important to prevent any long-term injury. Consult an orthopaedic specialist to understand what's causing your pain, and the treatment options available.
You may also do simple exercises and stretches for pain that you may be experiencing. Do be careful when doing such exercises, and stop immediately if you feel any shooting or sharp pain. If you are a beginner, it is best to start your exercise routine under the guidance of a physiotherapist.
If you have been experiencing prolonged back aches and pain during this work-from-home period, don't delay seeking treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital's Rehabilitation Centre or Parkway Shenton's Sports Medicine Clinic.
Highlights - Wang Yu Hui, Senior Physiotherapist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, explains the possible causes of back pain and how to alleviate the ache with simple stretching exercises.
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