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Back Pain

How common is lower back pain?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Treatment for Lower Back Pain
    Lower back pain is very common.  At least 60% of people in the United States experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, and 10-12% of people are seeking treatment for it at any given time.  Watch the video to learn more about who gets back pain.



  • AMike Clark, DPT, Fitness, answered on behalf of Sharecare Fitness

    Lower back pain affects approximately 80% of adults and is typically caused by:

    • poor posture
    • weak core muscles (stomach and low back)
    • tight hip muscles (front of the hips, hamstrings)
  • Unfortunately back pain is common and the majority of the cause is connected with occupation and de-conditioning. 

    As more occupations require long periods of sitting and decreased mobility, back pain is more prevalent.

    Back pain can be caused by deep back muscle atrophy (usually multifidus and erector muscles) to a disk derangement which can cause neurological symptoms (i.e shooting lancing pain or numbness down the legs)
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