Back and Neck Pain

Back pain often develops without a cause.

- Data by Virtual Medical Centre and Mayo Clinic

31 million Americans experience back and neck pain at any given time. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. Back pain that comes on suddenly and lasts no more than six weeks (acute) can be caused by a fall or heavy lifting. Back pain that lasts more than three months (chronic) is less common than acute pain.

Key Back Facts

Anyone can develop back pain, even children and teens. These factors might put you at greater risk of developing back pain:

Age. Back pain is more common as you get older, starting around age 30 or 40.

Lack of exercise. Weak, unused muscles in your back and abdomen might lead to back pain.

Excess weight. Excess body weight puts extra stress on your back.

Diseases. Some types of arthritis and cancer can contribute to back pain.

Improper lifting. Using your back instead of your legs can lead to back pain.

Psychological conditions. People prone to depression and anxiety appear to have a greater risk of back pain.

Smoking. This reduces blood flow to the lower spine, which can keep your body from delivering enough nutrients to the disks in your back. Smoking also slows healing.

- Statistics by the American Chiropractic Association

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