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Risk Factors, Frequency and Prevention of Lower Back Pain

| September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

More than 90% of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their life.

The good news is that most acute back pain resolves within 3-4 weeks, and only about 10% of the population will have pain that continues for more than one year.

lower back painThe bad news is that 75% of the individuals who experience back pain will have a relapse within one year if they do not receive the appropriate rehabilitation.

Risk factors for low back pain include poor core strength, improper lifting techniques, bad body mechanics, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and smoking.  Fortunately all of these factors are modifiable and reversible.

While things like anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers and injections can provide a temporary decrease in pain; they do not address the underlying problems of muscle weakness, poor flexibility and imbalance.

Physiatrists are uniquely trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the low back that cause pain. Your physiatrist can appropriately diagnose the cause of your low back pain, and outline a specific rehabilitation treatment program to improve symptoms that can decrease the risk of recurrence, so make an appointment as soon as possible.

You do not have to live with continuous pain.



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Christopher Burton, M.D.

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Christopher Burton, M.D. is a physician, speaker, coach and trainer, practicing in Pensacola, FL. He specialized in Physiatry - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), which is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions - particularly those of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems - that may produce temporary or permanent impairment of function. In addition to his practice, he actively lectures on health, nutrition and exercise for healthcare groups, colleges, schools and travels internationally discussing treatment and rehabilitation of athletes.

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