Spine injuries can occur for a multitude of reasons. They’re painful, inconvenient, and sometimes very dangerous to our health. Although there isn’t always a cure for a spinal trauma, it can typically be prevented. Let’s look at how to reduce your risk of spinal injury, partially according to the Mayo Clinic, below.
Top 5 Ways to Prevent Spinal Injury
- Drive safely. Car accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries, so be sure that you and your children are always wearing seatbelts. Any child under the age of 12 should sit in the backseat to avoid airbag injuries as well. Always drive carefully and obey proper traffic laws, and be aware of the actions of other vehicles on the road.
- Check the water when diving. Make sure you know how deep the water is before you dive into it. You shouldn’t dive into water that is less than 9 feet deep, as you can hit your head and/or injure your spine if you do. Never dive into a pool if you do not know how deep it is, and don’t dive into pools that are above ground.
- Avoid falls. Be careful not to trip or fall so that you do not land in a way that could injure you. In the bathroom, you should put non-stick mats down by the tub and shower to avoid slipping. Be sure to use handrails and railings on stairs or when going up on a stool or ladder and if you have young children, safety gates are recommended for the top of the stairs.
- Be careful when playing sports. It’s important to follow necessary safety precautions when playing any kind of sport. Make sure to wear the proper protective equipment, especially helmets, and avoid leading with your head (sliding headfirst in baseball, tackling with the top of your helmet in football, etc.). Make sure someone spots you when participating in activities like gymnastics and weight lifting.
- Don’t drink and drive. Don’t get into the car where the driver has been drinking, and don’t attempt to drive yourself home when drunk. You could hurt yourself and others easily with your impaired judgment. If you need to get somewhere, but you are intoxicated, be sure to call someone you know or even a taxi service to pick you up.
Spinal Injury Treatment in the Greater Princeton Area
If you have any questions about how to prevent or treat spinal injuries, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Hamilton, NJ, serving the greater Princeton area, and you can reach us at (609) 890-3400. We look forward to serving you.