Hospitals Are Bad for the Back – Part 2

By · Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Last time I spoke about how hospitals are bad for the nursing staff’s back. Today I’m going to share with your who are about to be a hospital patient.

May be you are scheduled to have a surgery in a month or two, perhaps you will be having a routine procedure, maybe you just want to share this with someone who will be going to the hospital.

Here’s why.

In my 10 plus years as a chiropractor I have had the privilege of being the chiropractor for many people in the Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Fontana areas.  I have been the chiropractor for many patients after their hospital stay.

If there is one thing you’ll be doing as a patient in a hospital, which is lying down!  Especially after some surgical procedure.

We know that lying down is hard on the back.  Heck we have enough research out there that bed rest to help a bad back beyond 2 days is actually detrimental for that back condition.  And you’d be shocked at how many people I see because they have been laying down for so long during their hospital stay.

So, lets minimize this problem.

For the soon to be hospital patient

Start a light exercise program.  How light is light.  Heck if you are allowed to walk, start there.  30 minutes a day is quite powerful.  Use some 3 pound weights and do some arm exercises.  Get those joints moving.

Eat very healthy.  You are about to experience a high level of stress, physically and mentally.  That stress can cause your immune system to be suppressed.  How many times have you heard of people getting sick from the hospital.  That’s right, it happens a lot.

Learn proper body mechanics.  Learn the right way to get into and out of bed.  How to bend.  How to put on clothes.  That’s right there is a right way to do it.

Learn exercise that you can do while you are in bed.  Then get them approved by the doctor who will be performing your surgical procedure.  When talking to them also make sure that you get a clear understanding of what your limitations are following the procedure.  Help them understand that you want to get moving as soon as possible.

These simple things can help you to avoid back and neck problems following your visit to the hospital.


Troy Don, DC QME


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