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Which one of these 6 Most Common Reasons for Back Pain Caused Your Onset?

September 17, 2015 in Article, Ask the Expert, Low-Back Pain, Mid-Back Pain, Tips,
Posted by Virginia Spine Institute
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We have all typed a health-related question in to our web browser,anxiously awaiting an answer in hopes to self diagnose ourselves. However sometimes the answers are not that straightforward.  I have narrowed down the most common causes for onset of back pain and compiled a list of the top six risk factors for back pain. Many of these risks can be mitigated by assuming a consistently healthy lifestyle which is defined as moving (think 10,000 steps), exercising, and eating well, which can all lead toward a significantly decreased risk of experiencing back pain.   

Top 6 Causes of Back Pain:
  1. Deficient physical fitness. 
    The stronger you are, the more your muscles can help protect your spine, and with stronger muscles, the muscles are less likely to be injured. Good physical fitness means that you are strong, have a strong core, can move easily with good coordination, and are overall physically fit. Cardiovascular fitness allows your blood supply to carry oxygen and other nutrients throughout your body for healing. Back pain is much more common in people who are not fit. Walking enough to sweat every day may be enough to at least get a good baseline for cardiovascular fitness. Walking 10,000 steps, and holding yourself accountable is a good start. 
  2. Being over weight. 
    Excessive weight can put stress on your muscles and your ligaments in your back. Carrying the extra weight every day, puts extra stress on your body, which can lead to back pain.
  3. Demands of your daily activities and/or occupation. 
    If the demands of your profession require you to repeatedly push, lift, pull, while twisting your spine, you may have an increased risk of back pain. Likewise, if your profession requires you to work at a desk all day, and you do not practice proper ergonomics, or do not stand up and take breaks, you are also at increased risk for back pain. Getting up from sitting and moving every thirty minutes from sitting and taking a brief motion break can make a big difference for chronic desk workers.  
  4. Genetics. 
    Some causes of back pain are genetic, including such forms of arthritis as ankylosing spondylitis, or other degenerative diseases. Although we cannot “choose” our parents (genetics) there are many proactive things one can do to minimize back pain (ie; physical fitness, healthy weight and diet, no smoking, etc) .
  5. Aging. 
    Back pain becomes more common with age. In fact, many people experience their first episode of back pain when they are thirty to forty years old. However this particular aspect is not  age related back pain is more likely related to poor physical fitness, being overweight, or repetitive use injuries.
  6. Smoking.  
    The hard fact is that smoking is directly related to incidence of back pain. This is because the human body may not be able to get enough oxygen or nutrients to the discs, bones, or muscles. Smokers also are slower to heal, so back pain can last much longer. Chronic smoker's cough can also cause back pain. Smoking cessation can make a huge difference in your overall health, as well as decreasing back pain.