Lower Back Pain

Statistics on Lower Back Pain

Most people will have lower back pain at some point in their lives. Men and women are equally affected, and lower back pain occurs most often between ages 30 and 50, due in part to the aging process, but also as a result of sedentary life styles with too little (sometimes punctuated by too much) exercise. The risk of experiencing lower back pain from disc disease or spinal degeneration increases with age.
Lower back pain that is unrelated to injury or other known cause is unusual in pre-teen children. However, a backpack overloaded with schoolbooks and supplies can quickly strain the back and cause muscle fatigue. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 13,260 injuries related to backpacks were treated at doctors' offices, clinics, and emergency rooms in the year 2000. To avoid back strain, children carrying backpacks should:
  • Bend both knees when lifting heavy packs
  • Visit their locker or desk between classes to lighten loads or replace books
  • Purchase a backpack or airline tote on wheels.
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Information on Lower Back Pain

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