What can I do to keep my back healthy and prevent injury?

Sit in a chair with good lumbar support and the proper position and height for whatever you are doing. A pillow or rolled up towel placed behind your back can provide some lumbar support.

Switch sitting positions often and try to get up and move around for a few minutes at least every hour.

Maintain good posture to avoid future problems.

Wear low-heeled shoes that feel comfortable.

Ask for help when you need to lift a heavy object or person.

When lifting, pull in your stomach muscles, bend at the knees, and keep your head down and in line with your straight back. Keep the object close to your body and do not twist when lifting.

Try to maintain a healthy body weight since being overweight places added stress on your lower back muscles.

Ask your physical therapist or physician for low-impact exercises that are appropriate for your age and designed to strengthen your lower back and abdominal muscles.

Quit smoking. Smoking can reduce blood flow to the spine which can lead to disc degeneration.