Low Back Pain Risk Factors

by Administrator 24. September 2015 12:12

The area below the ribcage is known as the lumbar region or the lower back. Various orthopedic conditions affecting the bony lumbar spine, vertebral discs, spinal ligaments and nerves, etc. may cause pain in the lower back. Although the condition can be caused due to various reasons, there are various factors which may increase the probability of low back pain.

Risk Factors:

  • Age: Middle aged people are more prone to lower back pain. As age increases, the discs in the lower back begin to lose fluid and undergo gradual degeneration. This increases the risk of suffering from low back pain.
  • Genetics: People having a family history of low back pain are more likely to suffer from the condition. Also, congenital bone deformity or degenerative condition can also lead to pain.
  • Occupational Hazards: Jobs that require prolonged sitting or standing may also increase the risk of having lumbar pain. Occupations involving repetitive lifting and bending activities such as construction worker, nurse, etc. may also cause the condition.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle:  People who lead an inactive lifestyle, without any physical activity are predisposed to low back pain.  Due to lack of exercise, the back muscles may become weak and lose flexibility, thus, causing pain.
  • Excess Weight: Obesity is often a cause for many cases of low back pain. As the lumbar back bears a large part of the entire body weight, obesity can increase the stress on muscles and other joints which can lead to pain.
  • Poor Posture: Poor posture or improper alignment of the spinal vertebrae may contribute to low back pain as it can cause undue stress on certain areas of the back.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women are more susceptible to low back pain.  The extra weight of the baby puts pressure on the lower back and pelvic region, leading to pain.
  • Sports: Sports activities such as skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics, wrestling, football, rugby etc.  can cause injuries to the back structures. High impact activities, such as endurance running, may also pose a risk factor for the condition.
  • Stress: People undergoing prolonged stress are also predisposed to low back pain. When people are stressed, they inadvertently tense up their back muscles, which ultimately cause pain.
  • Smoking: Smoking poses a higher risk of developing lower back pain. It obstructs the proper supply of oxygen to discs.

For treatment of acute or chronic low back pain, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialist in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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