Problems with the vertebrae, joints, or discs can all cause back disorders, which can cause mild to very severe back pain. Most people will have back problems at some point in their lives. In fact, up to 90% of Canadians aged 20-65 will have back pain.
Back problems are usually caused by aging, wear and tear, and poor posture. Obesity and smoking can also put you at risk of back problems. Here are a few tips on keeping your back healthy:
- Lose weight if you are overweight - the extra weight puts a strain on your back
- Quit smoking - smoking increases your risk of back problems
- Make your workplace back-friendly:
- take regular stretch breaks
- make sure you have good posture
- have your workstation set up with proper ergonomics
- learn about workplace health and safety regulations, and stand up for your rights to avoid situations that may injure your back
- If you haven't had much exercise lately, check with your doctor before jumping into a new exercise program or a new job involving physical work.
- Kids can get back problems too! Learn how to keep them safe.