Prevention: The Best Treatment for Back Pain

Prevention: The Best Treatment for Back Pain

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from chronic back pain, and it is one of the top reasons for doctor visits. Back pain has many causes; the most common not related to trauma are poor posture, excessive weight, poor workstation setup, lack of exercise and limited flexibility. Fortunately, many of them are preventable and treatable.

Depending on the cause, back pain can occur in different areas of the back and inflict different types and degrees of pain. Some patients experience an occasional dull pain, while others suffer constant agonizing pain that makes even the simplest movements difficult. Either way, back pain can prohibit people from completing normal daily activities.

To reduce the risk of back pain, patients must understand what causes unnecessary strain on the back. Once patients understand the causes, they can modify their lifestyles and activities to prevent or eliminate back pain.

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