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David Borenstein, MD
George Washington University Medical Center
I had one episode of terrible back pain in the early 1990s -- the result of twisting while bending over to pick up a pair of socks. Since then, I've been careful to maintain good posture. In addition...
Stay active even when in pain. Studies show that back pain gets worse when patients give up exercise or daily activities. Move around as much as you're able. Daily walks are ideal.
Take over-the-counter painkillers. I recommend anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, as soon as the pain begins. These can reduce the inflammation that causes back pain to linger.
Don't be captive to your computer. Change position once an hour to stretch your muscles and improve circulation.
David Borenstein, MD, is a rheumatologist and clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Karl Neumann, MD
Weill-Cornell Medical College
As a pediatrician, I treat sick children every day, but I only get about three colds a year. To keep viruses at bay...
Wash hands before eating. When I'm working, I wash my hands about 20 times a day, and I always wash my hands before I eat. I recommend that my patients use antibacterial hand wipes if soap and water aren't available.
Beware of doorknobs. Depending on the virus, cold germs can live on inanimate objects for up to several days. At home, we clean the doorknobs. After I use a public bathroom and wash my hands, I use a paper towel to turn the doorknob.
Karl Neumann, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice in Forest Hills, New York, and clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York City.
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