Back Pain

Updated 06 July 2015

Why do so many people get back pain?

Many factors can lead to back pain, including obesity and lack of activity.

Back pain, especially lower back pain, is one of the most common medical problems people experience.

In any two-week period, between one quarter and one third of all adults get some back pain.

Some doctors say that back pain first became a real problem when people started standing up and walking erect, thereby placing the weight of the upper body on the lower back.

There are many factors that can lead to back pain, including obesity, lack of activity, sudden jerky movements and bad posture, to name but a few.


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