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Back pain is an all too familiar problem that can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that leaves you incapacitated. It can come on suddenly from an accident, a fall, or lifting something too heavy or it can develop slowly, perhaps as the result of age related changes to the spine. Regardless of how back pain happens or how it feels, you will know it when you have it. And chances are, if you don't have back pain now, you will eventually. At some point, back pain affects an estimated 8 out of 10 people. Back pain is one of our society's most common medical problems.

Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Acute back pain is usually the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by sports injury, work involving lifting or squatting, car accidents and stress on spinal bones and tissues. It is important to note that back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, not a diagnosis itself. Medical problems that can cause back pain include mechanical problems, injuries, acquired conditions and diseases, infections / tumors and stress. Chronic back pain is pain that persists for more than 3 months, it is often progressive, and the cause can be difficult to determine.

Most people with back pain recover without residual functional loss, but individuals should contact a chiropractor if there is not a noticeable reduction in pain and inflammation after 72 hours. Recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics or other non-traumatic causes is often preventable. In order to help prevent back pain injuries, people should engage in exercises that don't jolt or strain the back, maintain correct posture and lift objects properly.

Many work-related injuries are caused or aggravated by stressors such as heavy lifting, vibration, repetitive motion and awkward posture. Applying ergonomic principles such as designing furniture and tools to protect the body from injury at home and in the workplace can greatly reduce the risk of back injury and help maintain a healthy back.

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