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Didier Demesmin, MD.
Q: Many women experience frequent headaches and
back pain. Is there a link between these problems and
A: Yes. Less than optimal workplace ergonomics
can put female professionals at risk for conditions ranging from a stiff, painful neck to headaches, migraines and
back pain. I recommend these helpful strategies for women
who sit at a desk all day: Adjust your chair and desk, so
that your feet are flat on the floor, shoulder width apart.
Sit up straight and face your computer. Follow the 50/10
rule—for every 50 minutes of sitting, you need 10 minutes
of moving. Since cradling the phone between the ear and
shoulder can stress the cervical spine and cause headaches,
I suggest using a headset. Also, know that fashion has its
price—wearing high heels can cause back problems as well
as Achilles tendonitis.
UNIVERSITY PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER
Dr. Didier Demesmin, founder
Q: How can a woman prevent or manage these types
A: Staying fit is key in keeping discomfort at bay.
In addition to releasing endorphins—the brain’s “feel-good”
chemicals that act as natural pain relievers—exercise can
help prevent injuries to the spine. Follow a healthy diet
that includes plenty of vitamins B12 and B6, as deficiencies
in these are linked to nerve-related pain. Avoid inflammatory foods, such as sugar, dairy and processed products.
I encourage women to seek treatment when pain impairs
their daily life. Medications, physical therapy and/or a
variety of minimally invasive procedures—such as epidural
steroid injections, nerve blocks and cervical radiofrequency
ablation—can be employed to effectively treat back pain,
neck pain and headaches. Successful treatment fosters both
physical and emotional well-being by minimizing or eliminating pain, restoring function and improving overall quality of life.
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