Risk Factors to Suffering from Back Pain

After we reach our full height and physical maturity, the magical biological processes than enable our bodies to grow at a faster rate than they becomes worn out reverses. At this point, the tissues in our bodies become worn out at a faster rate than they may be replaces, and we slowly begin to get older. These rules apply for all of us, regardless of whether or not we eat right and live a healthy lifestyle. That being said there are decisions that we make in our lives that affect the rate in which our bodies become worn out, and our risk factors for developing back pain. Let's take a look at some of these risk factors.

Risk Factors to Suffering from Back Pain: There are some risk factors that we do have some control over, and some risk factors that are beyond our control. It is important to note, however, that for those with multiple back pain risk factors, there will be a variety of treatments and preventative measures within their control to prevent back problems, and to eliminate back pain when it does occur.

Let's take a look at inevitable risk factors related to a patient's physical profile and orthopedic history.

Here are some risk factors that we can't avoid.
  • People who have had a previous injury to their back.
  • People of middle age on.
  • Males are more likely to have lower back pain than females.
  • Those with a family history of back pain.
  • Pregnancy. The developing fetus presses against the front and back of the abdominal cavity, stressing the spine and soft tissues of the lower back.
  • Those with one or more back surgeries.
  • Those with a congenital spinal deformity or spine problems since birth
  • People who have suffered compression fractures in their spine.

In general, those people who have a relatively healthy overall medical history and have healthy lifestyle, such as regular exercise and avoidance of bad habits, have a lower likelihood of suffering from acute or chronic back pain. Here some specific lifestyle habits and changes in a patient's health history that may make them more prone to suffering from back pain. Most or all of these factors are under a patient's control, either by making better decisions or through accessing the health resources available in their local areas.

Here are some risk factors that we can avoid.
  • Depression, anxiety, and stress. These are factors that are at least somewhat under control because there are medical resources out there to help us manage stress. When we are under stress, the muscles in our backs tighten, causing medical conditions doctors refer to as fibromyalgia, muscle tension, and back spasms. There are even doctors who propose alternative theories such as Tension myositis syndrome (TMS) which have the hypothesis that nearly all cases of lower back pain is caused by stress-related back pain. Dr. John Sarno is the doctor most responsible with this movement, though there are others who teach and practice the therapies for TMS in their clinical practices. Other TMS doctors who are proponents of the TMS include Alex Angelov M.D. (Boston Massachusetts), John Nadas M.D. (Canton Ohio), and Mark Strom M.D. (Seattle Washington.) Check out this link to find out if one of these mind-body doctors practices in your area.
  • Those with a lack of regular exercise.
  • Having poor posture: Your posture is the alignment of your body as it sits or stands at rest, or while it is performing the full range of possible human movements. Bad posture and body mechanics may cause sudden injuries, such as when we feel a pull or a pop when we are performing awkward movements while lifting or carrying. Of bad posture may slowly stress the muscles and ligaments over chronic misuse. Slouching or slumping may cause back pain on its own, or exacerbate the severity of back injuries when they do occur.
  • Obesity: The extra weight that we carry on our bodies may cause indirect damage to our backs as a result of obesity related medical conditions. Obesity may cause direct damage to our backs as the excess weight causes more stress on our backs as a result of excessive loads being placed on it. Being overweight may cause medical conditions such as obesity and poor blood circulation. Adequate blood circulation to the soft tissues of our backs are importance for the maintenance of our backs and the initiation of the healing process when our backs become injured. Excess body weight may put strain on the back and result in us becoming out of shape and in poor physical condition. When we are in poor physical condition, our backs become weaker and less flexible. These factors may lead to low back pain.
  • Smoking: Smoking causes nearly one third of all cancers, and increases the chances that a person will suffer from back pain.
  • Jobs that involve extremes in activity levels: On one hand are the desk and sitting jobs that require extended periods of sitting throughout the day. Sitting may put a lot more strain on the lower back than people might think. Other occupational hazards that increase risk include those that require the use of heavy tools (such as a jackhammer), those that involve constant vibrations, repetitive motions, bending or twisting, and heavy lifting.