Risk Factors for Low Back Pain and Sciatica
ObesityA risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.It is possible to develop low back pain or sciatica with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing low back pain or sciatica. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.Risk factors include:Overuse of the back muscles during any activity.Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can cause low back pain, especially in adults.Muscles that support the back can become weak with lack of exercise.Work that requires the following motions puts additional stress on the back:
- Heavy lifting
- Bending or twisting
- Exposure to vibrations, such as riding in a car or operating heavy machinery
- Injuries from contact sports or falls can result in back pain.
- High-impact sports, for example, distance running
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014
- Update Date: 12/20/2014
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