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LOW BACK PAIN WHAT PUTS YOU AT RISK

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LOW BACK PAIN WHAT PUTS YOU AT RISK

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Check if any of these apply to you and try to take actions with any factor that you can change.

 

·        Your age: You can start feeling low back pain as early as the age of 30. As we age, muscle flexibility and tone decrease and disc starts to degenerate, thus, losing its cushioning ability.1

·        Your activity level: Leading a sedentary style of living with minimal activity weakens your back and abdominal muscles. 1,2

·        Your weight: gaining extra pounds puts extra stress on your back. 1

·        Your family history: some low back pain cases are related to a genetic disorder. 1

·        Your work: Jobs involved in carrying heavy weights, or prolonged sitting periods in front of the computer can lead to back injury. 1,2

·        Your psychological status: Stress, anxiety and depression are all mental factors contributing to muscle tension, which can accordingly cause low back pain. 1

·        If you’re a mum-to-be: in this case low back pain usually goes away after birth. It is mainly due to overweight exerted on the back. 1

References:                                       

1.       Low Back Pain Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2014 Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet Last accessed: 30/06/2019

2.       Back pain at work. NHS. 2016. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/back-pain-at-work/ Last accessed: 30/6/2019