Frequent Causes of Trauma Related to the Back
Bureau of Labor statistics indicate that one in every two working Americans will lose at least a day of work in 2019 due to back soreness or pain. That’s more than 250 million working days lost every year! Some people have the misfortune to inherit some of their back problems, suffering from degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and similar conditions. However, the bulk of back injuries are the result of lifestyle choices:
- Spinal or vertebral fractures—Work and sports-related accidents account for most traumatic injury to the spine or the vertebrae. In older people, osteoporosis can also be a factor.
- Injuries to connective tissue—Sprains, strains, muscle pulls, torn ligaments and tendonitis can all be the source of intense and ongoing pain. Many such injuries arise in amateur sports, but also stem from motor vehicle accidents, work-related accidents and other carelessness.
A number of other lifestyle decisions can play a role in the health of your back:
- Working at a desk for long hours without a break—It’s the trend in employment, but you can minimize the risk of chronic back pain by ensuring that your work environment is ergonomic, and by getting up and moving on a regular basis.
- Poor posture or poor lifting techniques—Slouching in a chair or on a couch puts you at greater risk of back injury. In addition, trying to lift heavy objects by yourself, or using your back instead of your legs to lift, can make you a prime candidate for a sore back.
- Diet and exercise—The more pounds you carry, the more stress you put on your back. In addition, if you don’t exercise regularly, your muscles can atrophy, making them more susceptible to injury when you do use them.
- Bad fashion choices—High heels and other fashion choices can increase your risk of back trauma
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