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According to Baptist Health South Florida, approximately 65 million Americans suffer from back pain – that’s a staggering number – in the U.S. alone, 8 out of 10 individuals will suffer from back discomfort at one point or another! Perhaps surprisingly, back pain is the most common reason for missing work; in 2010, a multidisciplinary study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease cited low back pain as the single leading cause of disability in the U.S.
Back pain can be caused by a variety of additional factors, not limited to:
With such sobering statistics, to what can we attribute the majority of those nagging aches, pains, and creaks? The brunt of chronic back pain, in fact, is not attributed to serious injury, but to structural factors. Intriguingly, the typical American lifestyle significantly contributes to the epidemic of back pain related doctors visits each year. Whether hunched over a laptop (or cell phone) or sitting at a desk, a predominantly sedentary lifestyle creates structural changes that result in musculoskeletal tension and abnormalities.
Ready to stretch the pain away? Check out these three essential exercises for back pain!
After a car accident or significant injury, it’s important that you consult your healthcare provider (such as your team at PROS Miami Clinics) before engaging in any new exercise. Once you’ve got our team of professionals on your side, you can rest assured you’ll soon be limber, nimble, and back-pain free!