Back and Neck Pain: Risk Factors For Back Pain

Back and Neck Pain Risk Factors for Back Pain A risk facto

Back and Neck Pain Risk Factors for Back Pain A risk factor is something that increases your odds of developing a disease or condition. The following are risk factors for developing back pain: Back and Neck Pain Risk Factors for Back Pain A risk factor is something that increases your odds of developing a disease or condition. The following are risk factors for developing back pain: Smoking Lack of regular exercise Injury Obesity Family members with back conditions Pregnancy Previous back injuries due to lifting a heavy object, improper lifting, sudden twisting or bending, bad posture, prolonged sitting or standing, vibration from vehicles or heavy equipment Prior back surgery Psychological factors Low job satisfaction Interpersonal relationship problem thumbnail 1 summary
Risk Factors for Back Pain

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Back and Neck Pain: Risk Factors For Back Pain

Back and Neck Pain

Risk Factors for Back Pain

A risk factor is something that increases your odds of developing a disease or condition. The following are risk factors for developing back pain:

  • Smoking
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Injury
  • Obesity
  • Family members with back conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Previous back injuries due to lifting a heavy object, improper lifting, sudden twisting or bending, bad posture, prolonged sitting or standing, vibration from vehicles or heavy equipment
  • Prior back surgery
  • Psychological factors
    • Low job satisfaction
    • Interpersonal relationship problems
    • Depression
    • Fatigue or lack of sleep
    • Alcohol or drug abuse
    • Excessive stress

Treatment

Medication

  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Cortisone pills or injections
  • Antidepressants for chronic pain

Physical Therapy

  • Hot or cold packs
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Education
  • Massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical Stimulation

Complimentary Medicine

  • Relaxation training
  • Hypnosis
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback

Prevention

  • Exercise regularly
  • Stop smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Sleep on a firm mattress
  • Use good posture to reduce stress on your spine
  • Avoid sitting or standing in one position for prolonged periods of time
  • When lifting, hold the object close to your chest, maintain a straight back, and use your legs to slowly rise
  • Consider job retraining if your profession requires too much heavy lifting or sitting

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