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How can a weak core lead to back pain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Even if you're skinnier than a chopstick, you can still have back problems - especially if you have a weak set of muscles in your core, the area that includes your hips, abdominals, and lower back. That core tissue - made of muscles, ligaments, and tendons - acts as your own natural back brace. Have a tight anatomical back brace, and you'll absorb shock and provide a strong foundation for all the different kinds of movement you do throughout the day. But if you have a brace that's loose, weak, and about as supportive as a size-XXL jacket on a size-S body, then even reaching around to hand your kid a bottle in the back of the car (don't try it now) could result in your writhing in kill-me-now pain.

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