back pain

RISK FACTORS OF BACK PAIN

Anyone can develop back pain, even children & teens. The factors below might increase the risk of developing back pain:

  • Age

Back pain is more common as you get older.

  • Lack of exercise

Weak, unused muscles in your back and abdomen might lead to back pain.

  • Excess weight

Excess body weight puts extra stress on the back.

  • Diseases

Some types of arthritis and cancer can contribute to back pain.

  • Improper lifting

Using the back instead of the legs can lead to back pain.

  • Psychological conditions

People prone to depression and anxiety appear to have a greater risk of back pain.

  • Smoking

Smokers have an increased risk of back pain. This may occur because smoking prompts more coughing which can lead to a herniated disc. Smoking can also decrease blood flow to the spine and increase the risk of osteoporosis.