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Why is Back Pain so Prevalent Among American Adults?

Last updated 5 years ago

Spine specialists are witnessing a rise in the number of patients who complain of lower back pain. Many of these individuals have not suffered a pain-inducing injury or incident; rather, their discomfort has developed from years of unhealthy work circumstances and harmful lifestyle choices. The following reasons reveal why so many Americans experience back pain on a daily basis:

Poor Working Environments

Many Americans’ jobs demand eight or more hours of sitting at a desk. Some individuals may not even leave their desks for breaks. Many people fail to recognize that sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to their back health. Being motionless for hours at a time can strain the back, causing stiffness and inflammation. If a person’s desk, chair, and computer are not positioned in the right way, it can lead to even greater lower back pain.

Sedentary Recreation

A long day at work frequently results in little after-hours activity for Americans. Instead of loosening their back muscles with exercise, many people head to the couch and sit in front of the television for the rest of the night. These sedentary behaviors only promote the increasing incidence of lower back pain. 

Overweight and Obesity Issues

Inadequate physical activity and unhealthy eating habits have caused a large segment of the American population to gain more weight than they should. In fact, approximately a third of all Americans are obese. Extra weight harms the body in many ways, including the health of the back. When a person is overweight, it forces the back to support more weight than it can handle. This results in spinal problems and lower back pain.

Dr. Gary Kraus, M.D. and the staff at Kraus Back & Neck Institute can provide the relief you’re seeking for your lower back pain. Our Houston facility can see to it that you receive the treatment you need for a healthy and pain-free future. Call (888) 816-8954 or visit our website for more information on our lower back pain services. 


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