While we're on the topic of pain awareness - September is Pain Awareness Month - let's talk about preventing it. After all, not having pain, especially when it involves pro-actively taking steps to avoid it, is one aspect of pain awareness.
Perhaps the best way to avoid a chronic pain condition is to get your neck or back problem treated early. Many people, myself included at times, deem it unnecessary to get their spine checked after an accident or fall. The rationale goes: If you feel fine why, go to the trouble to see a doctor? Well, here's why.
Another precaution that works great for most people and is almost always a part of a physical therapy program for spine pain, is doing your back exercises daily. If you're not being treated for a neck or back problem (because you don't currently have one), and if you've been cleared by your doctor to exercise, numerous back exercise program options exist from which you might choose. Here are a couple of routines to consider (and try):