Top 10 Predisposing Risk Factors to Back Pain


Most of us have had a bout of back pain every once in a while. And for some it can be so debilitating that it interferes with day-to-day activities. Knowing what some of the predisposing factors are, can help us adopt preventative measures to reduce the occurrence of chronic back pain.

The following 10 factors increase your risk of back pain.

  1. Aging
    As you age, the muscles, bones, and other tissues in your back weaken. Your vertebrae become more fragile, you’re more likely to pull a muscle, and your chances of suffering from a severe problem, such as a compressed disc, increase.
  2. Your job
    If you work at a job where you regularly have to lift and carry heavy items, you’re at a greater risk for back pain and injury. Other jobs that place your back at risk require you to engage in repetitive motions or work in an awkward position for lengthy periods of time.
  3. A sedentary lifestyle
    Sitting for hours on end puts a strain on your back, and insufficient physical activity results in weaker bones and muscles. However, if you do exercise regularly, choose a regimen that’s appropriate for your age, body type, and fitness level. Don’t push yourself to the point where you’re damaging your body.
  4. Pregnancy
    If you’re pregnant, you’re probably experiencing aches and pains throughout your body. Pregnancy also places a strain on your back that makes you more vulnerable to future back pain and injury.
  5. Previous back injury
    Have you ever suffered a back injury? Even if it didn’t lead to long-term impairments, you’ll have a greater sensitivity to physical stress at the site of your injury.
  6. Obesity
    In combination with low levels of physical activity, obesity could predispose you to back pain. The lack of exercise leads to diminished strength and bodily health, and the extra weight you’re carrying puts stress on your back.
  7. Chronic stress
    When you’re stressed out and feeling anxious or low, the effects extend to every part of your body. People who experience chronic stress often report tightness, stiffness, and pain in their backs.
  8. Poor sleeping habits
    Getting an inadequate amount of sleep puts stress on your whole body and makes you more susceptible to back problems. You may also experience back pain if you sleep on a low-quality mattress that doesn’t give you support.
  9. Various medical conditions
    Harsh fits of coughing due to a respiratory illness could cause back pain. Other medical conditions that predispose you to back pain include fibromyalgia and different kinds of arthritis.
  10. A poor diet
    Eating an unhealthy diet can deprive you of essential nutrients and leave you with weaker bones and soft tissues in your back. Ideally, your diet will be rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and foods containing calcium. If you think you need dietary supplements, consult with a doctor. A simple blood test will reveal the nutrient levels in your body.

Remember, knowing some of the factors that may lead to back pain is half the solution. It’s up to each individual to incorporate lifestyle changes that will increase our chances of living a rich life, free from chronic pain.

source; Belvidere Chiropractic – by Jamie Arnold

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