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Lower back pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing sensation that renders a person unable to move.
The agency identifies some risk factors for lower back pain:
- Age: The first instance tends to occur between ages 30 and 50, and back pain becomes more common with advancing age.
- Fitness level: Back pain occurs more often among people who aren't physically fit.
- Pregnancy: Being pregnant is commonly accompanied by low back pain, which results from changes in weight and pelvic alignment.
- Weight gain: Being overweight, obese, or gaining weight quickly can put stress on the back.
- Genetics: Some causes of back pain, such as ankylosing spondylitis (a form of arthritis), have a genetic component.
- Occupation: Having a job that requires heavy lifting, pushing or pulling can lead to injury and back pain.
- Backpack overload: A backpack overfilled with books and supplies can strain the back.
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