Is Your Job Causing Your Back Pain?

Back pain is almost as common as headache pain, and the most common work-related disability according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It’s expensive too, costing sufferers billions of dollars each year. The lower back, or lumbar region, is the most common area for back pain.

Few people are immune to back pain, but if you’re in poor physical condition, overweight, a smoker or getting older, you’re more likely to experience lower back pain. Certain types of physical activities cause back pain if done awkwardly or unsafely, such as pulling, pushing, lifting and twisting. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that sitting at a desk all day can also cause back pain. The Mayo Clinic reports that factors that cause back pain at work include force, repetition, and posture. Depending on what you do to make a living, you could be at a greater risk for developing back pain. Here are some jobs commonly associated with back pain, and some tips on how to combat the pain.

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Under Pressure: The Real Reason Our Joints Creeeeeak…

There’s no question that the cartilage in our joints wear deteriorates with age. But if you’re overweight, your chances of developing arthritis or joint problems–especially in the hips and knees–goes way, way up. Obese people are twice as likely as non-obese people to develop arthritis, according to Dr. Richard Iorio, an orthopedic surgeon and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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