We’re often asked at Virginia Spine Institute how common back pain is — especially as patients are scared and feel alone and isolated in their back pain. There are two ways to answer this question:
Due to its global ramifications, there has been a lot of research to answer this question.
Luckily, most of these instances can be easily treated with rest and possibly over-the-counter medication. Most of us can return to full activities once the episode resolves. In some instances, however, a specialist is needed. If your back pain continues, or the pain is severe, you should schedule an initial consultation with a spinal specialist.
There’s no perfect solution to avoid back pain, especially as it can sometimes be genetic. The best way to limit your risk of back pain is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and learning proper form for daily activities. Staying active and exercising is important for your overall health, strength, and balance which ultimately helps to improve our core and protect our spine. Similarly, a healthy diet and weight helps to limit added stress on the joints and discs which limits your risk for back pain as you age. Begin a healthy lifestyle when you are young and continue this lifestyle throughout your life so you can reap the rewards!