Back pain risk factors — what activities should be avoided
- What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain?
- Back Pain Symptoms
- Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Back Pain Symptoms
- Severe Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Upper Back Pain
- Upper Back Pain Symptoms
- Upper Back Pain Types
- Chronic Middle Back Pain
- Chronic Low Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain Symptoms
- Acute Back Pain
- Acute & Chronic Back Pain
- What Should I Do If I Think I Have Back Pain?
- Back Pain Treatment
- Keyhole Spine Surgery Options at Laser Spine Institute
- Is Spinal Fusion Surgery Your Only Option?
- Chronic Back Pain Treatment
- Chronic Back Pain Management
- Back Pain Acupuncture
- Injections for Back Pain
- Back Pain Physical Therapy
- Back Pain Exercises
- Back Pain Surgery
- Upper Back Pain Treatment
- Upper Back Pain Exercises
- Lower Back Pain Treatment
- Lower Back Pain Causes and Treatments
- Acupuncture Low Back Pain
- Low Back Pain Chiropractic
- Low Back Pain Physical Therapy
- Lower Back Pain Exercises
- Low Back Pain Stretches
- Yoga Low Back Pain
- Alternative Treatments
- Risk Factors
Back pain is one of the most common complaints of adults in the United States. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, most people experience this at some point in life.
Because many causes of back pain are related to the natural aging and degeneration of the spine, the chance of developing pain increases over time. The continual bending, twisting and lifting involved in daily activities, such as playing golf, lifting boxes or keeping up with the kids, can cause the components of your back to wear down, leaving you susceptible to developing back pain.
Back pain related to a degenerative spine condition can also be accompanied by symptoms like shooting pains, tingling numbness and muscle weakness. By understanding the risks that lead to the development of a spine condition, you can make lifestyle changes that can possibly help prevent or postpone the onset of back pain.
Risks for developing back pain
Back pain has many causes. Some of the most common back pain risk factors include:
- Injury — traumatic, sports-related or strain from lifting
- Repetitive motion — continually twisting, bending or lifting
- Vibration — constant vibration from a vehicle or machinery
- Obesity — extra body weight puts additional stress on the spine
- Poor posture — incorrect alignment of the spine can cause uneven pressure and potential for pain
- Smoking — reduces bone density, reduces self-healing capacity and increases the chance for damage
- Pathological — disease, infection or tumor
Treatment for back pain
While nearly everyone experiences some degree of back pain at one point in life, this discomfort is usually manageable with conservative treatment spanning several weeks or months. After proper diagnosis, your doctor can help you find the treatment that is most effective for your spine condition and symptoms. For example, if a bulging disc is causing lower back pain, a doctor may recommend pain medication, heat therapy and specific exercises to strengthen the disc’s supporting muscles.
Spine surgery can become an option if conservative treatments have been unable to relieve symptoms enough for a good quality of life. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer an outpatient alternative to traditional open spine surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgeries use muscle-sparing techniques, offering our patients a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication^ compared to traditional procedures. To learn about how our minimally invasive spine surgery can help relieve your back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today.
We offer a no-cost review of your MRI report or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.