Men's Health—August 17, 2017
In an article for Men’s Health, HSS physiatrist Alice Chen, MD provided tips and advice to alleviate back pain. Dr. Chen said that being deskbound and inactive during the week can potentially damage the back. "The muscles that serve as a scaffolding to your spine won’t have the endurance to protect you," she said.
Additionally, Dr. Chen noted that excess fat in the belly can also stress the lower back. According to the article, performing exercises such as curl-ups and side bridges can stabilize the spine.
If back pain is present, alcohol prevents healing, limits blood flow to the discs and irritates the spine-supporting muscles, according to Dr. Chen. The article suggested to limit drinks to two a day.
This article appeared in the September 2017 print issue.