Quick Facts About Back Pain
Back pain is something that we’re all familiar with. About 80% of people experience problems, whether chronic or acute, with back pain during their lives. It might not be possible to avoid back pain altogether, but it can help to know what might increase your chances of experiencing it. The orthopedic doctors at Trinity Orthopedics believe that patient education is important, so here’s a list of factors that can put you at an increased risk of back pain.
What Increases the Risk of Back Pain?
Fitness: People who are physically active are less likely to have back pain. Regular exercise, whether it’s walking, swimming biking, etc., helps to prevent strains and sprains. If you do exercises that focus on balance and strength, it will lower your chances of falling and injuring your back as well.
Diet and Weight: Too much weight can put unnecessary stress on many parts of the body, including the back. Even for people who maintain a healthy weight, diet is very important and requires calcium and vitamin D, both of which strengthen the bones.
Age: Although it’s unavoidable, getting older increases your risk of back pain. This is because bone strength and muscle elasticity decrease as we get older.
Other Diseases and Conditions: Many diseases cause back pain. Arthritis and cancer can affect the spine. Treating this conditions early can lower chances of back pain and damage to the back.
Occupation: If your job requires any sort of movement with heavy objects, it can do a lot of harm to your back. Jobs that require long hours of standing and sitting can also contribute to back pain. Breaks are very important. If you can, take breaks and do some stretches to avoid staying in the same position for too many hours at a time.
Some risks are beyond your control, so it’s important to handle the ones that aren’t properly. In 2014, why not make a healthier lifestyle your resolution? Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Of course, if you ever need any help, the Hurst doctors at Trinity are always ready to help. Contact our Hurst orthopedic clinic or call 817.283.5252 for an appointment!