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Lower Back Pain

There are many reasons that can cause

Lower Back Pain,

sometimes the pain comes suddenly after a person has had an accident or a fall or lifting something very heavy, in other cases may manifest when the spine slowly changes due to our process of aging.

There are other circumstances that may increase the risk for lower back pain.

The first is age, back pain is more common between 30 and 40.

Another factor is the physical condition. A person who has no physical fitness or does not exercise a lot, after being inactive for several days, is more likely to suffer painful back injuries than someone who exercises more often.

Diet is one aspect to take into account, a person who consumes a lot of calories and fat that also has an inactive lifestyle can become obese and cause stress to your back.

Diseases such as arthritis and other conditions such as pregnancy or kidney stones may also be responsible for back pain.

Changes that occur over 50. After age 50, every 10 years a quarter inch in height is lost. This is due to the cartilage that helps to support the spine weakens as we age causing bones to rub together resulting in back pain.

But perhaps one of the most important causes of lower back pain are occupational risk. People whose work involves heavy lifting or pushing objects, especially when doing your spine to twist or vibrate, are prone to back pain or injury. Other jobs such as desk jobs where people are inactive can also cause this pain, especially if they have poor posture or sit all day in an uncomfortable chair. There are ways to work around occupational back stress.

For people who have jobs that involve heavy lifting wearing a back brace will help and there are products that will lighten what you are lifting which will relieve the excess stress on your back.  Now if you have a  job where you are sitting for most of the day, it is important to make the most of your breaks and lunch time.  If it is difficult to get breaks or lunch, then use your health break as an opportunity to get some stretches in.  If your chair is uncomfortable,  extra support on you chair would help your lower back.  There are very good braces available for the chair. There are many things that cause or become contributing factors to lower back pain.

It is important to do stretches for lower back pain to prepare the back prior to any activity. It would also help to make stretching a morning ritual as soon as you get up to prepare for the day, but since there are many different illnesses that can cause lower back pain, it would be wise to see if there another back problem going on.  Also since we lose height as we age it is important to be sure there is not an underling health issue to do with your back such as osteoporosis.  Any back condition will need to be treated in order to prevent it from getting worse.  Then just keep in the back of your mind what you heard growing up, “Shoulders back and stand up straight” is advise that can last a lifetime.