People of all ages can develop back pain for various reasons. Oftentimes car accidents can lead to back and neck pain or a sports injury or injury on the job can cause issues. However, there are other less subtle risk factors that lead to this often debilitating injury.
Back Pain Risk Factors
- Smoking. Smoking isn’t good for any part of your body, but when it comes to your back, smoking can prevent viral nutrients from flowing into the disks and keeping them properly lubricated and healthy.
- Age. As we age, back and neck pain becomes more relevant. Nearly half of all Americans over the age of 40 experience back pain at least once a year. One preventative measure would be to see a chiropractor in order to keep your spine aligned.
- Overweight. It’s ok to be a few pounds overweight, but when patients start reaching above the average BMI for their age, height and gender, that’s when back issues can start to develop. Carrying too much weight puts added stress on your spinal cord.
- Too Little Exercise. A lack of exercise is detrimental to your body. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day helps improve brain function, blood flow, sleep schedules and a healthy back. Talk to Danubio Chiropractic Offices today about back and neck strengthening exercises you can do at home to supplement your exercise routine.
- Psychological Issues. Depression and anxiety have often been linked to physical issues such as back and neck pain as well as a weakened immune system. It’s important to discuss with your doctor about any worries you may be having so that you can seek treatment immediately before symptoms worsen.