Everyone is at risk for developing low back pain. In fact, almost all Americans will have back pain at some point in their lives. The real question is what are you going to do about it?

Back pain is not a fate you have to live with because there are things you can do about it right now that can prevent it in your future, aside from visiting a chiropractor regularly — although there’s great benefit derived from that. To prevent back pain, however, you first must know what the risk factors are.

Here is a rundown of the risk factors for back pain. Which of these do you fall under and what can you do about it?

Age

Oh, aging is a cruel mistress. Your hair turns white, you get wrinkles, and you may even develop a little extra weight around the middle. Guess what else? You may get your first back pain attack! Generally, most people experience their first bout with back pain between the ages of 30 and 50. As you age you lose bone strength and muscle elasticity. The discs between the vertebrae in your back lose fluid and flexibility too. There may not be a lot you can do about this one, aside from leading a healthy lifestyle or finding the Fountain of Youth.

Fitness Level

If you’re not physically fit then you have a higher chance of experiencing back pain. Weak muscles in your back, as well as your abdomen, can’t support your spine as well as they should. If you fall into the “weekend warrior” category, though, you don’t get a free pass. Kudos to you for trying to be physically fit, but doing nothing all week and then hitting it hard on the weekend is a recipe for a back injury. The best option is to do moderate activity every day of the week.

Weight Gain

You knew this was coming at some point on this list. There’s just no way around it: If you are overweight or obese, or you gain a significant amount of weight quickly, then it will put stress on your back and cause issues. Try to maintain a healthy weight.

Occupation

Your job can lead to back pain too, and not just the ones that require heavy lifting. Sure, if you do a lot of lifting, pushing, pulling or twisting in your job then it can lead to injury and pain, but doing nothing is not good either. Sitting behind a desk every day is a surefire way to end up with back pain too. If you do a lot of lifting at work then make sure you learn how to do it safely. If you are sedentary, get up and move at least once an hour during the day.

If you are concerned about your risk factors for back pain, talk to a specialist or your local bondi junction physiotherapy clinic. They can help to address your concerns and give advice on how to not only manage your pain by provide you with the right tools and exercises to potentially cure your issue.

About the Author

Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates is Sydney’s leading spine and headache treatment clinic. We provide client-focused care, with state of the art hands on spinal treatment and tailored physiotherapy led clinical Pilates sessions.

Specialising in spine physiotherapy, we are also the preferred physiotherapy clinic for leading surgeons to support their patient’s pre and post-operative rehabilitation after surgery. Our clinic provides non-evasive physiotherapy for lower back pain and the neck region.