Back pain is one of the most common causes of disability worldwide. Half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms. Recovery from most forms of back pain can be simple, but reoccurrence of injury is common for people with chronic back pain.

Common causes of back pain:

  • Poor posture
  • Weight
  • Psychological stress
  • Long periods of standing or walking
  • Long periods of sitting

Risk factors for back pain:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Fitness level
  • Occupation
  • Genetics
  • Mental health

How to prevent back pain:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Try exercises to strengthen your back and core
  • Mange weight
  • Improve posture
  • Wear supportive shoes
  • When lifting heavy object, use your legs

Back pain is a multi-factorial condition, but it can be easily prevented if the proper steps are taken. If back pain is severe try not to rest for too long, instead try to stretch and relieve the pain through massage and low impact movement.

Quick Tips:

  • Recognize the signs of back strain
  • Take preventative measures
  • Keep an active lifestyle
  • If rest is needed, try not to exceed 2 days of bed rest
  • Use stretching and massage to actively heal back pain

Sources: Mayo Clinic, NCBI. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.