Back pain is one of the most common ailments, affecting 31 million Americans at any given time and costing more than $50-billion annually in medical expenses, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
But it’s also mostly preventable, if you stay ﬁt and avoid back-straining activities, say medical experts. “Most people will have acute low back pain due to muscular strain at some point in their lives,” says Dr. Daniel Birk, director of the Neurosurgery Spine Center at Stony Brook Medicine. Birk says the “biggest factor contributing to low back injuries is leading an unhealthy lifestyle.”
Reduce your chance of having spinal disease by maintaining a healthy weight and diet, exercising and “avoiding smoking and traumatic injuries which can occur when under the inﬂuence of drugs or alcohol,” says Birk.
Dr. Birk was featured in this edition of Newsday Healthlink. Read the entire back pain prevention article here.