Almost everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While normal wear and tear of an aging spine is a common cause, there are certain activities that can increase an individual’s chance of developing back pain.
Based on a 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), more than 65.8 million adult Americans reported that they had low back pain.
Orthopaedic surgeons provide both non-operative and operative treatment for back and spine conditions. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers tips on how to protect your back and reduce the risk for pain and injuries.
“Many people with lower backaches say symptoms disrupt their daily routines; however, everyday habits may be the factors causing the pain,” says orthopaedic spine surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Dr. Michael Gleiber. “It’s important to identify some of those behaviors, avoid them and adapt healthy ones.”
Consider these five tips from the AAOS: