A lot of my patients ask me this question. And a lot of doctors and other scientists tried to give an answer. After thousands of different researches we have no hesitates, that overweight or sedentary people are at greater risk of back problems. But can we name the exact triggers of back pain? That was the goal of Arthritis Care and Research study.
The study included 1,000 people with low back pain, which were carefully interviewed by the researchers. The scientists tried to figure out when the back pain started and possible triggers they noticed within two hours of when the pain started.
Not surprisingly, physical factors like carrying heavy loads or lifting loads in an awkward position were closely tied to back pain. Being tired, fatigued, or distracted—which hypothetically could lead to back-injuring accidents—also topped the list. Sexual activity and drinking alcohol were not strong triggers in this group of back pain sufferers.
The study emphasizes that back pain does not come out of the blue. Identifying your own triggers—and trying to avoid them in the future—might be helpful if you have a "trick" back. Other research shows consistently that once you do develop recurrent back pain, daily exercise helps reduce the frequency of flare-ups. And when you have back pain, it's best to keep doing your usual daily activities as much as possible as your back heals.
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