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Fight Back Against Lower Back Pain

A recently-published study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases has reported that lower-back pain is the number one cause of years lost due to disability. In this instance, disability was calculated by adding the number of years “lost due to an early death and the number of years lived with disability.” The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke previously reported that lower-back pain costs Americans $50 billion annually.

Chronic back pain is a major source of concern in the developed world, for two reasons: it reduces productivity, and its treatment is not simple or easy. TIME reports that one in ten people suffers from lower back pain. Office workers regularly sit at their desks for six hours each day, leaving them stiff and sedentary for a good portion of their waking hours each day of the week.

Coping with Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and back pain can be a strenuous combination for most women. Fortunately, pelvic girdle pain or PGP, which occurs during pregnancy, is manageable and there are ways to alleviate the discomfort and prevent long-term problems.

Pregnant women who have gained a lot of weight and are not having their first pregnancy are more likely to experience back pain. The pregnancy hormone “relaxin” also contributes to a woman’s back pain. The hormone causes the pelvis to expand as the baby grows. However, the ligaments in the spine also widen and force back muscles to make more effort. Extraneous factors, such as stressful work, previous pelvic injury, or standing for long periods of time, can also lead to back pain.