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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredSitting and slouching for long periods can weaken your core and your back and cause pain. And in many people, this can progress as the disks of the spine start to degenerate with age. Watch Dr. Oz talk about causes of back pain.
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Ronald Tolchin, DO, Physical Medicine/rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South FloridaAlmost everyone has had back pain. From the most active individuals to the most sedentary can be prone to back issues caused by too much exercise, bad posture, heaving lifting or long periods of hovering over a laptop without a proper sitting position.
You are also at risk for back pain if you aren't physically active, are overweight, are prone to accidents, or have an underlying condition that causes the pain, such as arthritis. Chronic back pain can also stem from spinal nerve, muscular and ligament problems, and degenerative disc disease.
Back strengthening and stretching exercises can lower your risk for back trouble. Sometimes, it can be just a matter of better posture and remember to sit up with your back straight when sitting at your computer for long periods of time.