Am I At Risk For Back Pain: Can there be risk factors for back pain? And, if there are, what can I do to keep myself healthy and well? If you are wondering “Am I At Risk For Back Pain?”, your chiropractor can help answer these questions and more.
One primary risk factor relates to exercise. Everyone has heard, “if you don’t use it, you lose it”. If you’re not exercising regularly, your back muscles are de-conditioned and much more susceptible to injury. Such injuries are the strains and sprains we’re accustomed to simply referring to as back pain.
Muscles will get stronger when they’re required to do work. Also exercise helps train the soft tissues around a joint, i.e. the ligaments and tendons. These supporting structures learn how to withstand mechanical stresses and loads without becoming injured.
Basically, when you do exercise, any kind of exercise, your body gets smarter and you’re less likely to get those annoying back pain problems.
A related risk factor is weak abdominal muscles. When you were a kid, at some point one of your gym teachers probably told you to suck in your stomach. Actually, it turns out that was pretty good advice. Your abdominal muscles support the muscles of your lower back.
If your abdominals are weak or if you’re not using them, like letting them hang out and droop instead of keeping them activated, then your body weight has to be held up by the muscles of your lower back.
They are not designed to do that! They are designed to move your spine around. And eventually, these lower back muscles will give way under the excess strain. The result is a very painful lower back injury.
There are many easy-to-do exercises for your abdominal muscles. The key is to actually do them and do them after you’re finished doing the rest of whatever exercises you have scheduled for that day. Three times a week is enough. Abdominal routines are quick and take no more than ten minutes.
Remember to use your abdominal muscles throughout the day. Imagine your abdominals are being pulled in and lifted up. This is not a tightening as such – you should think: activate. Your body will know what to do once you’ve started adding consistent abdominal training to your exercise routine.
Risk factors for back pain may also be found in your personal and family medical history.
During your initial visit your chiropractor will ask you about accidents and surgeries you’ve experienced, and discuss any important elements in your family history.
For example, surgery to remove an inflamed gallbladder or appendix or to repair a hernia may result in weakened abdominal muscles, which can be a major risk for back pain. A motor vehicle accident or a fall from a height may have caused injuries that healed with soft tissue scarring.
Learning about potential risk factors and taking appropriate action will help ensure a stronger, more flexible and healthier lower back and reduce risk factors for back pain.
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