If you have young children, have them climb up on a stool or chair so you don’t have to bend down to lift them.
In the winter, condition yourself to shoveling snow. “Do light shoveling initially, and get someone else to finish,” says Dr. McLaughlin. “You can shovel more with each snowfall, if they’re frequent.”
A general rule, if you have a bad back, don’t exert yourself to the point at which you know you’ll be sore the next day.
Use pain drugs wisely
If you have a back flare-up, take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, right away and continue to take it.
“Meanwhile, continue to be as active as you can,” Dr. McLaughlin says. “And if the pain doesn’t subside in a week, see your doctor.”