It is estimated that four out of every five adults (80%) will experience back pain at some stage in their life. In most cases it is very difficult to identify a single cause.
In about 85% of back pain sufferers no clear anthology can be identified.
It is thought that the following factors could contribute to back pain:
- Having had back pain in the past, smoking and obesity.
- Physical factors such as heavy physical work, frequent bending, twisting, lifting, pulling and pushing, repetitive work, static postures and vibrations.
- Psychosocial factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, job satisfaction, mental stress.
- Sitting hours and hours in front of Computer
Simple measures can be taken to reduce the chances of developing back pain and thereby reducing the impact of existing back pain. Current medical advice is for people experiencing back pain to stay active as bed rest will generally only make the pain worse.
Physical exercise can be a very effective method to reduce the pain and discomfort that long-term pain sufferers’ experience.