5 Tips for a Succesful Move When You Already Have Back Pain or a Spine Injury

If you or someone you love is moving and has already had a back or spine condition the process of moving can have serious consequences to your spine health. Extra precaution and planning are key to preventing more damage to your spine, back or neck during this stressful and exhaustive process.

It is estimated that approximately 43 million Americans will move this year with over half of those moves occurring in the months of June, July and August. Almost all people that have relocated complain of back pain during or after the process of moving has been completed. If you are planning a move during this peak season it will be even more important to plan ahead as the resources of help available will be tight and the weight of poor planning for your move will literally fall on your back!

The following tips may not only help you avoid additional injury to your back, spine or neck but could actually save you money and alleviate additional stress on the entire family.

Proper lifting protocols for back and spine safety
  1. Use Proper Lifting Protocols
    To make sure you prevent further injury, you’ll want to be sure to follow the fundamentals of heavy lifting, which include keeping your spine alignment as neutral as possible during the process. When picking heavy loads up off the ground, bend at your knees—not your waist and power lift up through your legs keeping your spine straight in alignment. Also, be aware to engage your abdominal muscles for further support of your spine. Carry heavy loads close to your body to maintain balance, and don’t twist your body lifting or carrying. If you do have to twist or turn, do so with your hips first, not your feet
  2. Give yourself enough time to properly prepare for your move.
    Most people will underestimate the time needed to prepare for a move, thus leaving a tremendous amount of physical work to be done at the last minute with little or no extra help from outside sources. Most professional moving consultants suggest you start your moving preparation 8 weeks in advance of your move.
  3. Don’t overpack your boxes
    Moving boxes are each designed to hold a certain amount of weight, and exceeding that can lead to additional strain or injury on your back, spine, and neck. It may be tempting to stuff a large box full of items, however, you should consider the weight of the items in the box and correlate those to the box sizes. Small boxes are great for heavy items such as books, while large boxes should be used for lighter bulk items such as clothes, pillows, and light fragile items such as lampshades.
  4. Delegate the heavy lifting to someone else
    It is important to realize that investing in movers to help you do the heavy lifting is an investment in your health. If you are on a budget you may want to rent a truck yourself but hire people to pack and to move your objects. This will lower the cost and give you more time to have a truck on your property but spare you the chance of risking further injury to your back or spine.
  5. Consult with your doctor
    If you are under the care of a spine physician it is a good idea to check with your doctor and to let him or her know that you are about to embark on this major life event. Your back or spine physician may have special instructions for you in consideration of your particular back or spine condition.

Moving is not only emotionally difficult, but your body can also undergo a lot of stress with minor and more severe injuries a possibility. If you already have a back or spine condition the move and stress can cause much further damage. Be sure to take the time to insure the health of your spine so you can enjoy your new home and new adventure!

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is an advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is also among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy.

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Osteoporosis the Silent Killer – October 20, Osteoporosis Awareness Day

World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on October 20th and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Joseph Spine joins the community to raise awareness to this silent disease progression.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder in which the density and quality of bones are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, wrist, and hip. This disease often occurs silently without symptom and the first symptom is a fracture, which is an important cause of mortality and morbidity. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone, which literally means porous bone, and is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased.

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Manage Your Spine Care 24/7 with Joseph Spine’s Secure Patient Portal – FollowMyHealth


At Joseph Spine, we are constantly striving to offer the highest quality spine care, including superior customer service and new technology, to help you, our patient manage your healthcare around the clock. That is why we are implementing a secure online patient portal – FollowMyHeath®. Use your computer, tablet or smartphone to connect with your doctor, anytime.

There are also mobile apps for your iPhone or Android.

Joseph’s Spine’s Follow MyHeath® Patient Portal facilitates better communication with our staff and doctors by providing a secure, convenient way to manage your spine health care. This 100% FREE self-service health management tool can improve doctor-patient interactions, document important health care information, and ultimately give you the ability to make more informed decisions about your health.

It puts everything you need to manage your spine health right at your fingertips, saving time, reducing stress and viewing information when you want it.


No need to remember multiple passwords and portal sites.

Joseph Spine’s patient portal, FollowMyHealth®, will provide our patients with a single point of access to view health and appointment information kept in our health record, as well as, access a growing number of online resources and services created to help you manage your spine health.


To register your account on the patient portal, you must be an established patient, having seen your doctor at least once in the office.

  • If you are 18 or older, you will be asked if you would like to enroll in the Follow My Health Patient Portal during the registration process at your next doctor’s visit.
  • If you would like to enroll, please provide your email address and an invitation will be sent to you.
  • Once you receive your invitation, click on the link in the email that says “click here to register.”
  • The sign-up page has step by step instructions.
  • You will create a unique username and password. You will also be asked for an access code, this will be the last four digits of your social security number or the year of your birth. Please don’t share your username and password with anyone.
  • Welcome to FollowMyHealth Patient Portal®!