Twin Cities Chiropractic sees a great deal of individuals on a regular basis for neck and back pain, especially back pain. The American Chiropractic Association revealed statistics that indicate an estimated 80 percent of individuals experience back pain at some point in their lives. Although back pain is common, it is oftentimes preventable. 

Causes

1. Spine-Related Problems

Spine-related problems ranging from herniated discs to inflammation of the sacroiliac joint to a pinched nerve will cause back pain. Fortunately, a chiropractor is able to assist with these issues.

2. Injuries and Accidents

Accidents and injuries contribute to sprains, fractures and strains. In some cases, the problem is so severe it requires physical therapy.

3. Lifestyle Stressors

Certain lifestyle triggers have the potential to place stress on the back. Poor posture is a very common cause of back pain. It is especially prevalent in individuals who slouch at their desk all day. It is possible to injure the back from lifting heavy objects, in particular when a person lifts them regularly or improperly. Being overweight places additional stress on the spine cord, which leads to pain and discomfort. Wearing high heels has the potential to place addition stress on the back because of how the shoes position the person's back. 

4. Stress

Emotional stress has the ability to manifest as physical pain in the back. The stress causes tension in the muscles of the back. Anxiety and depression may potentially make matters even worse.

5. Other Causes

The weight of pregnancy along with hormones will cause a woman's back to hurt. Arthritis and scoliosis both cause pain. In some cases, the back pain is internal and caused by a kidney infection or kidney stones. 

Preventing Back Pain

1. Learn to Lift Properly

Far too often, people do not use their legs to lift and let their backs do all the work. When lifting, always use the legs muscles rather than rely on the back muscles to lift. This requires a person to lift in a squatting position.

2.  Wear Flats

Avoid wearing high heels on a regular basis. Save heels for special occasions. Pick a few dressy pairs of flats and make those wardrobe staples.

3. Lose Weight

Having excess weight works most parts of the body harder than necessary. Start by eating right and exercising to lose weight. Exercise works the muscles in the back, which can prevent injuries in addition to reducing the amount of stress it puts on the back.