- Back pain became a part of life when humans started walking upright, rather than on all fours. The vertebrae were never really designed to deal with walking upright.
- Pain in the middle of your back, which becomes worse after eating, could indicate a stomach ulcer.
- The spine is like a central scaffolding for the rest of the body. The skull, the ribs, the pelvis and the limbs are attached to it.
- Back pain can also be the result of abscesses, blood clots or tumours in other organs near the spine.
- Back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability, a leading contributor to missed work, and the second most common neurological ailment — only headache is more common.
- Back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old.
- With conservative measures, the symptoms of low back pain typically show significant improvement within a few weeks from onset.
- Back pain is very common, but its exact cause is often unclear. In most cases, it’s not caused by anything serious and gets better over time.
- Back pain can be felt anywhere along your back. It’s most common to have pain in your lower back.
- People who are too thin can also be at risk for back pain, especially those with eating disorders and osteoporosis.
- Exercise is helpful for back pain, and the best is the type you enjoy. More than 30 minutes per day has the greatest health benefits, but any amount you can manage will result in benefits.
- The National Health Service spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs. In the private healthcare sector, £565 million is spent on back pain every year.
- Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Some of these disabilities may become permanent if unattended or when improper treatment is applied.
- The back is the number one spot people choose for tattoos.
- Your back has over 200 muscles and of those 200 muscles, 120 of them support the spinal column.
- Evidence suggests that scans only show something truly important in a tiny minority of people with back pain.
- Given concerns about inactivity and obesity in children, carrying a schoolbag may actually be a simple and healthy way for children to get some exercise. Research studies have failed to confirm this link, revealing no differences in schoolbag weight between those children who do and do not go on to develop back pain.
- Poor sleep can make us stressed, tired or feeling down, it can also cause or prolong back pain. So improving your sleeping routine can be helpful.
- Back pain is not caused by poor posture.
- Getting older is not a cause of low back pain.
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