The spine is the support that supports our body and is the most central axis of the body. However, as the amount of activity decreased and the number of people who do not exercise due to corona increases, many people have weakened spinal muscles. This can lead to spinal disease.
Health experts tell you to strengthen your core muscles, which means strengthening the muscles that support your spine. This is because the spine serves as the main pillar, and the ligaments and muscles serve as the secondary pillar. Professor Lee Byeong-joo of the Department of Neurosurgery at Ilsan Paik Hospital said, “As the main body of a building must be strong, it can be safe from natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.
When the muscles surrounding the spine become weak, the spine is pressed by gravity, resulting in an overload, which promotes degenerative progression of the spine. This increases the likelihood of getting an intervertebral disc herniation (disc) and stenosis. To slow this down, the muscles of the spine must be strengthened. Degenerative changes in the spine can’t be prevented because they are part of the aging process, but with good care, they can slow progression.
There are many cases of deadlifting to strengthen the spine, and such an exercise in the form of lifting a heavy object in the direction of the spine sustains rather speeds up the degenerative process of the spine. Studies have shown that deadlifts do not benefit spine health. Jogging and longevity are enough for spinal exercise. Professor Lee Byung-joo said, “If you are in your 60s or older, you can strengthen your spine just by walking.”
To prevent spinal disease, it is also necessary to control the diet to prevent overweight, especially belly. Along with healthy eating habits, you can exercise to strengthen muscle strength and ligaments. If you sit for more than 30 minutes, the pressure of the spinal discs rises and disc wear begins, so it is also necessary to sit down every 30 minutes.
If you are already experiencing pain in your spine, seek medical attention. If back pain and leg numbness persist for more than 3 weeks, an imaging test is needed to diagnose disc herniation. For imaging tests, CT is taken first, and MRI is performed when abnormalities are found. Treatment proceeds in the order of drug treatment, surgical treatment, and surgical treatment. If it is not effective as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug or a drug that helps nerve blood circulation, proceed with nerve block, a surgical treatment. If the pain persists after 6 weeks of drug and surgical treatment, surgical treatment is performed.
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