Back pain is often caused by overuse, strain, or injury. For
example, people often hurt their backs playing sports or working in the yard,
being jolted in a car crash, or lifting something too heavy.
Aging plays a part too. Your bones and muscles tend to lose strength as
you age, which makes injury more likely. The spongy discs between the bones of
the spine (vertebrae) may suffer from wear and tear and no longer provide
enough cushion between the bones. A disc that bulges or breaks open (herniated
disc) can press on nerves, causing back pain.
In some people, back
pain is the result of arthritis, broken vertebrae caused by bone loss
(osteoporosis), illness, or a spine problem.
Although most people have back pain at one time or another, there
are steps you can take to make it less likely.
Reduce stress on your back through good posture
Slumping or slouching alone may not cause low back pain, but after the back has been strained or injured, bad
posture can make pain worse.
Reduce stress on your back through careful lifting
Exercise and stretch your back
Lead a healthy lifestyle
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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