With 75 percent of millennials reporting sudden pain lasting less than three months, and nearly 60 percent reporting chronic pain which lasted over three months, it is even more crucial that this generation manages their pain safely and effectively.
The ASA offers the following five tips for pain management:
1. Take a break from electronic devices and gaming. To avoid the pain caused by overuse of electronics, use devices at eye level instead of looking down for extended periods which strain the neck and back. Sit up straight while gaming and get up from the couch periodically to stretch. To avoid eye strain, look away from the screen every 20 seconds and place the screen an appropriate distance away from your eyes.
2. Ease into playing a sport, whether it’s basketball or CrossFit weekly. When playing sports, warm up your muscles and stretch to avoid injury.
3. If working a desk job or studying at the library for prolonged periods, remember to get up and move at least once an hour. Being sedentary can lead to aches and pains, particularly lower back pain.
4. Be and get healthy. Actively take command of your health and engage in a healthy lifestyle as a preventative before the chronic pain has a chance to surface. Participate in low impact exercises and strength training regularly. Maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet. Don’t smoke.
5. If taking Opioids, ask your doctors in depth questions about taking them appropriately. Don’t continue to take opioids after your pain subsides. Left over opioids should be disposed of at an appropriate collection center.