Low Back Pain? 80% of Us Have Been There

 

Have you ever suffered from low back pain?  You are not alone.  Approximately 80% of Americans have suffered from it at one time in their lives.  It’s the most common type of pain reported by patients seeking treatment for pain. It’s the number one reason for lost work time, with upper respiratory infections coming in a distant second place.  Medical costs for lower back pain treatment is estimated to be 96 million per year.

The good news is most back pain is not serious, even though it is painful.  A lot of lower back pain can be attributed to a lack of exercise. The combination of tight hamstrings and weak abdominal muscles can lead to back pain.  Here’s a simple test you can do to see if your back pain is caused by this combination:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ2AgzhgV7U&feature=share&list=UUWUK7FK8YSHcuE2PsAaPb4w

If your back pain is caused by tight hamstrings and weak abs, there is even better news.  This type of back pain can be alleviated with very simple exercises.  A daily routine of stretching and strengthening exercises can make you  feel much, much better.  Check out these exercises to get your started.

 

Check back for more exercises to keep your back feeling good.  More coming soon….

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

10 thoughts on “Low Back Pain? 80% of Us Have Been There”

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  2. Firstly, I want to thank you for the very useful information you blogged here about back pain.
    I work as a professional fitness and pilates teacher| and
    I have seen people with low back issues. I myself had some problems with my back previously and I can tell for sure that working out will definitely help if you
    know methodologies or work with professionals

  3. Thanks Sue,
    I clicked on your test and of course, my back pain is due to tight hamstrings and weak muscles. I’m 56 and have noticed that the pain has gotten worse and more frequent. Do you think I should start an exercise program? Of course I should.

    Thanks again,
    Dennis

  4. first of all thanks for such informational post. second I wanted to ask you and let others know that cycling does involve movement of hip muscles and lower back muscles and it does not requires that much effort. So isn’t it a good practice to cycle when it comes to getting relief from back pain??

  5. Firstly, I want to thank you for the very useful
    information you blogged here about lower back pain.
    I work as a professional fitness and pilates teacher| and I have seen people with lower back issues.

    I myself had some issues with my back previously and I can tell for sure that working out will definitely help if you aware of methodologies or work with professionals

    1. It’s so true! If you are experiencing back pain, work with professionals who can help you strengthen the muscles that will alleviate your pain. I trust my chiropractor and my training programs. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  6. Firstly, I want to thank you for the very interesting
    info you posted here about lower back pain. I work as a professional fitness and pilates coach| and
    I have met people with low back issues. I myself had some problems with
    my back previously and I can tell for sure that pilates will
    definitely help if you know methodologies or work with professionals

    1. Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment. The first thing people want to do when their backs hurt is stop moving. In reality exercise will often make it feel better.

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