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Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting eight out of 10 people at some point during their lives. There are some factors that can increase your chances of developing acute or chronic back pain, including:
- Poor physical fitness
- Being overweight
- Not exercising
- Being diagnosed with other ailments
You’re also susceptible to back pain or injury through certain activities that you do. Are you guilty of any of the following actions that could cause harm to your back?
- Being a “weekend warrior:” The weekend warrior attempts activities on the weekend that aren’t part of the routine their body is accustomed to. Examples include sports (golfing, basketball), yard work and home improvement projects.
- Using poor lifting techniques: Bending at the waist is a common way that people injure their back. Remember to bend at the knees and keep your back straight.
- Not paying attention when performing routine tasks: When you bend or twist incorrectly doing anything from taking out the trash to loading the dishwasher, you run the risk of injury. Always keep core muscles engaged.
- Spending too much time sitting: In the car or on the computer are the biggest culprits. Movement is important for keeping the fluid flowing through your discs. Additionally, most people hunch forward when working at the computer, putting pressure on their discs.
An extensive array of treatment options for prolonged back pain exists, including pain medications, back braces and various therapies. Schedule a consultation with one of our physicians to determine the best course of action for your particular back pain diagnosis.