Back Pain Risk Factors

The vertebral column has four sections: cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, and sacrum and coccyx. Dr. Jose Mena, Interventional Spine Specialist with Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says one of the areas that normally is injured is the lumbar spine, the lower back.

There are some factors that can increase your pain risks, such as getting older, poor physical fitness, being overweight, heredity, other diseases, job, and smoking. The doctor says some people with genetic conditions or who have a family history of back pain have another key component of risk of having back problems.

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