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Are You at Risk for Back Pain?


Even though back pain is common, it isn’t normal. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right.


The majority of people who experience back pain do so as a result of their lifestyle. Up to 80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their life. Of that 80%, only a small portion

experience back pain due to factors that we can’t control such as:


· Being middle-aged or older

· Having a family history of back pain

· Having suffered a prior back injury

· Being pregnant. When you are pregnant, your back is considerably stressed by carrying a baby.

· Having a compression fracture of the spine

· Having had prior back surgery

· Having spinal problems from birth


Many people are at risk for back pain due to their lifestyle choices such as:


· Not getting enough exercise. Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent and manage back pain.


· Having a job or activity that requires you to sit for long periods of time, do heavy lifting, bending or twisting.


· Smoking. People who smoke are more likely to develop back pain.


· Being overweight. Excess body weight, especially around the waist, puts excess strain on the spine.


· Having poor posture. Slouching or slumping can cause back pain and worsen an existing strained or injured back.


· Stress. People tend to tighten their back muscles when they are under stress.


· Playing certain sports. High intensity activities such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and gymnastics come with a high risk of injury. Wrestling and other contact sports such as football and soccer also increase the risk for developing back problems.

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