What are the Risk Factors for Back Pain?

Updated at: Apr 16, 2012
What are the Risk Factors for Back Pain?

Back pain is a common health problem the risk factors of which affects everybody at some point in life.

Dr Poonam Sachdev
PainWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Mar 30, 2012

What are the Risk Factors for Back Pain

Anyone can get back pain but there are several factors which increase your risk of back pain. Read to know who is at risk for back pain.


  • Age: This is an important rick factor. Back pain is more common in older people as compared to children and young adults. Most people have back pain for the first time when they are 30 to 40 years old.
  • Sedentary life and poor physical fitness: Back pain occurs more commonly in people who are not fit. Be active and do exercises regularly to keep your back muscles strong.
  • Being overweight or obese: Excess weight can stress your back and cause pain. Try to maintain a healthy weight and if you are obese lose weight.
  • Heredity: If you have a family history of back pain, due to diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, or any other form of arthritis that affects the spine, you are higher risk of developing back pain. Some other diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis can also cause back pain.
  • Job and work related: People who have to lift, push, or pull while twisting the spine are more likely to get back pain.
  • Bad posture: People who work at a desk all day and do not sit up straight, are also likely to develop back pain.
  • Smoking:Smoking increases the risk of back pain as the disks may not get enough nutrients. Besides this smoking slows healing so the back pain may last longer.
  • Race: Certain race like black women are two to three times more likely than white women to suffer from herniated disk and back pain.


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