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What Back Pain Means for You
If you’ve suffered back pain, you’re not alone. Around 80 percent of adults have experienced low back pain and if you haven’t yet experienced it, there’s a significant chance you will. This is especially true if you work in an occupation or engage in hobbies that cause you to overuse or underuse the muscles in your lower back.
You may have also heard that back pain causes a significant number of lost workdays for people just like you, which is true. Back pain is only second to the common cold in workdays missed every year. Low back pain may seem like no big deal at first, but it can severely limit your ability to lead a normal life and engage in your normal daily activities, including the required functions of your job.
The Most Common Types of Back Injuries
The National Institutes of Health cites the lower back as the most common site of back injuries and back pain. Several common injuries can affect this area of the back, resulting in missed work time, loss of income, and severe pain for those affected.
Fractured vertebrae usually occur as the result of a high-velocity accident such as a fall from a significant height or a serious car crash. Seniors are especially at risk for these fractures due to reduced bone density. Sports accidents may also cause fractured vertebrae. The most common symptom of this injury is back pain that worsens with movement. If there is also a spinal cord injury, the victim may also experience bowel or bladder dysfunction, numbness, weakness, or tingling.
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