How common is lower back pain?

Dr. Mike Clark, DPT

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)
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.

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Back Pain

Back Pain

Just about everyone has experienced some level of back pain. It is one of the most common ailments brought on by disease, injury, or misalignment of the spine. It can be a dull muscle ache in the lower back or a severe, sharp pain ...

in that affects your ability to bend over or stand up straight. Most often back pain results from strained muscles and ligaments that surround the spine, but it can also be caused by structural problems with the bones of the spine. There are treatment options for back pain, and understanding the causes and symptoms is key to preventing it in the first place.

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