It is a fact that large breasts can cause strain on the upper back and neck. So if you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you need to be aware of the possibility of back pain arising so that you can be prepared and take the necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood of developing this problem. You can also get information on how to reduce and alleviate back pain after your breast surgery.
There is a biological reason why you are likely to suffer from back pain if you have breast augmentation surgery. If your implants are positioned under the muscle, you are even more likely to experience discomfort, because the implants will put tension and strain upon your pectoral muscles. These important chest muscles are connected to another group of muscles called the latissimus dorsi (or “lats”, for short) which span your upper back.
The way that your body compensates for the extra weight of the implants in the immediate aftermath of the surgery can also contribute to back pain. You may not realise, but you are probably using your back muscles, your stomach muscles and also your arms differently because of post-surgical discomfort in the area of the implants. This will exacerbate back pain. Many women also instinctively walk with their shoulders hunched over after breast augmentation, and this will cause discomfort in your upper back. Another factor which can contribute to back pain is that surgery will change the way you sleep. In the aftermath of surgery, most women are advised to sleep propped up on pillows, and this can cause your back to hurt.
But enough about the risk factors. What can you do to alleviate back pain and hopefully prevent it? Your doctor can prescribe pain-relief medication that is slightly stronger than what you can buy over the counter if your back pain is severe and prolonged. However, this will only mask the underlying problem. Muscle relaxants can also be prescribed and will help to relieve the tension whilst you seek out a long-term management plan.
The real answer to resolving your post-surgical back pain is physiotherapy and exercise. You will have restrictions on exercise for a short time after surgery. However, when these restrictions are lifted, try yoga and Pilates. These will increase your muscle strength, flexibility and control. Pilates, in particular, develops your core strength, which makes most aches and pains a thing of the past. These forms of exercise will also help you to rebalance your body to accommodate the implants and adjust to a new pattern of movement and alterations in your posture. Try to start an exercise regimen like this before you even have your surgery. The extra strength and control you will develop will help to prevent back problems arising in the first place.
Physiotherapy and gentle readjustment exercises performed by a chiropractor can work wonders for your back and are highly recommended in the aftermath of breast surgery. However, there are small daily measures you can take yourself to help your back recovery. For example, check that your office furniture and your mattress are sufficiently supportive. Try to avoid sitting for too long, and watch your posture when you are seated. Most importantly, pay attention to how you are lifting heavy objects.