The lower back is a wondrously complex structure with many nerves, tendons, and muscles that supports much of the weight of your upper body. More than 8 out of 10 people experience low back pain at some point in their lives.2 That’s a lot of people. And a lot of ibuprofen.
Here are five reasons why low back pain is so common and some tips you can practice every day to prevent it.
1. Life requires a lot of lifting and twisting.
2. Spines weren't made to sit as much as we do.
3. Aging wears down discs.
4. Less active lives mean weaker muscles for spine support.
5. Emotions, like stress, can affect your back.
If you know the decisions, activities, and life choices that can lead to low back pain, you can take steps to avoid it.
Use good form when you lift.1
Focus on better sitting habits.3
Strengthen your core and find other exercises you love.1
Above all, know you’re not alone when it comes to experiencing low back pain and there are steps you can take to find relief.
Have you been introduced to a MOBE Guide? Our health professionals are trained to listen to your story and evaluate your unique health challenges, including habits that might be contributing to low back pain. They can make life-changing recommendations custom-fit for you.
You may have access to a dedicated Guide and custom health guidance as part of your health plan, at no cost to you. Find out today at 844-841-9725.