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November 4, 2004

Preventing Back Attack

Back pain is so common that it is predicted 80% of American will come down with a back attack at some point in their adult life. But just because back pain is common doesn't mean it cannot indicate a serious condition.

Physicians see backache as any discomfort in the back. Most cases are caused by tender muscles, which can result from repetitive work, bad posture while sitting or standing, bad form while lifting and twisting, playing sports without warming up or playing harder than your physical condition can tolerate.

Cannon suggests giving the pain a few days to go away, then seeing a family physician if it hasn't gotten better in a week. "Most of the time, when people have a back problem, if it's related to muscles or joints or bones, it'll be worse to move the back." Another ailment, such as infection or organ failure, will hurt whether you're moving or not. In that case, see a specialist.

This article has a sidebar has good advice for preventing a back attack.

Posted by linda at November 4, 2004 8:54 AM

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