Numerous studies show that 80% of the adult population either has or will have back pain sometime in their life.
If 80% sounds high there is a reason why some people are more likely to have a back problem than others. You don't just develop back pain because of who you voted for or what church you go to.
Like most things in life there is a process or a recipe that if you follow it, it makes you a candidate to have a back problem.
In other words, there is a “common denominator” for back pain.
A retrospective, look-back over a few thousand cases in the past 34 years in private practice provides a pretty good idea of what kind of conditions need to be met for a back to fail.
Interestingly these are also the same conditions or reasons that prevent a back problem from improving when the person gets treated.
Excluding genetic or congenital disorders and out right accidents and injuries, the following is a typical picture of the person who will likely get a back problem.
First – most back pain is lifestyle driven – it is caused by what you do (or don’t do or don't do right).
Back pain doesn’t care about your gender but, for simplicity sake, we’ll stick to “he” here -
So – a description of the person who has a back problem:
He is overweight particularly with excessive belly fat
He is de-conditioned, he's out of shape. (probably has not been regularly to a gym since high school)
He sleeps on his side or with one leg straight and the other dragged up in a semi-crawl position.
He smokes cigarettes
His work is, to a large extent, sedentary,
…Or it is interspersed with sporadic sudden exertions with incorrect bending and lifting
“Down time” is usually spent sitting in a shoulders-forward, slumped posture in front of a
computer or TV.
He has numerous incorrect prolonged sedentary posture and motion habits.
He has had previous episodes of back pain that he treated with a heating pad and over-the-counter pain medications or he has consulted with but not followed through with any number of doctors.
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