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Back Pain and Risk Factors

Written by maria_rn.

Risk factors of back pain

Advancing age.

The likelihood to suffer from back problems increases with age. Back pain often results from age-related conditions such as degenerative diseases.

A previous back injury.

Being overweight. Having excess weight can stress your back and this may cause pain.

Heredity. Some disorders that affect the spine, such arthritis, can have a genetic component.

Having spine problems at birth.

Your job. Your chances for developing back pains increase when your job requires long periods of sitting, lifting heavy objects, bending or twisting, repetitive motions, or driving certain types of heavy equipment.

Poor posture. When your spine is not in proper alignment, your back muscles, ligaments and spinal joints are all under extra stress. After the back has been strained or injured, bad posture can make the discomfort worse.

Smoking. Smokers are more prone to back pain than non-smokers. It is thought smoking disrupts you body’s ability in delivering nutrients to the discs of your back. The tissues of your back may get damaged because of inadequate nutrition, which finally results in back pain. Heavy smoker’s cough often have smoker's cough which may cause aches. In addition, smoking is also known to hinder healing, it may prolong pain for people with back injuries, broken bones, or who have undergone back surgery.


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