A new report stated that Southern California has the worst traffic in the
U.S. Dr. Jeremy Smith, spine surgeon at Hoag Orthopedic Institute, recently
Tim Conway Jr. on KFI Radio about how to keep your back healthy even when you’re
on the road. Despite rush hour traffic, there are small things you can
do to keep your back in good health.
According to Dr. Smith, the most important thing you can do to prevent
back problems is to stop slouching. Try to adjust the seat height and
distance from the pedals to a comfortable level that will help you avoid
slouching or straining.
Dr. Smith’s best tip for maintaining your posture is to imagine you
are trying to squeeze a pencil between your shoulder blades and your butt
cheeks! It’s weird, but it works.
When sitting in the car, you want your arms to be comfortable with your
elbows slightly bent. Avoid leaning back too far in the seat with your
arms stretched out straight.
Click here to listen to the full segment!
In addition to back health tips in traffic, Dr. Smith also discussed the
importance of drinking water to keep your muscles and discs hydrated.
Disc degeneration is extremely common and staying hydrated will help prevent
this problem. He also mentioned how flipping your mattress or buying a
new one when can relieve back pain for some people.
Dr. Smith is an orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in the treatment
of degenerative spinal conditions. He earned his medical degree from New
York Medical College and graduated number one in his medical school class.
He is an assistant professor at University of Southern California and
enjoys teaching new generations of orthopedic surgeons.