(HealthDay News) -- Low back pain is among the most common reasons for missing work. About 80 percent of people have the condition at some point during their lives, U.S. government statistics show.
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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke mentions these risk factors:
- Growing older. The first signs of low back pain usually surface between ages 30 and 50, and your risk increases as you age.
- Being in poor physical condition.
- Being pregnant.
- Quickly gaining a large amount of weight, or being overweight or obese.
- Having a genetic predisposition to back pain.
- Working at a job that involves lifting heavy objects, or working a desk job with a chair lacking back support.
- Having depression, anxiety or other conditions that may worsen the perception of pain.
-- Diana Kohnle
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