Pain can be a hard road but there is help to keep mobile

 

Everyone experiences pain in some way. We specialize in helping people stay mobile and active.

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Who Gets Back and Knee Pain?

 

The back and knees provide stable support for the body. They also allow the body and legs to bend and straighten. Both flexibility and stability are needed to stand, walk, run, crouch, jump, and turn.  Anyone can have back pain. Certain factors in life increase your risk. Some of those main factors are listed here:

  • Getting older. Back pain becomes more common the older you get. You may first experience back pain when you are 30 - 40-years-old.
  • Poor physical fitness. Back pain is more common in people who are inactive or not fit.
  • Activities. Sports, exercise, and some hobbies can lead to back strain or injury.
  • Being overweight. A diet high in calories and fat can make you gain weight. Too much weight can stress the back and cause pain.
  • Heredity. Some causes of back pain, such as ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that affects the spine, can have a genetic component.
  • Diseases. Some types of arthritis and cancer can cause back pain.
  • Employment. If you have to lift, push, or pull while twisting your spine, you may get back pain. If you work at a desk all day and do not sit up straight, you may also get back pain.
  • Smoking. Your body may not be able to get enough nutrients to the disks in your back if you smoke. People who smoke are slow to heal, so back pain may last longer. Smoker’s cough may also cause back pain.

Relief from back pain

 

One of the most common treatments for chronic back pain is medication. Another is the use (as directed) of a back support brace prescribed by a orthopedic specialist. Surgery can be the treatment in severe cases.

Sources: National Institute of Health: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases;  Mayo Clinic;  National Library of Medicine.

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