I'm a cautious person. I could care less about skipping out on doing something I perceive as dangerous. Except for driving fast, that I like. Still, at the end of the week, my back hurts. I could justify the pain if I were a sofa delivery person or a fireman hauling people out of burning buildings or Dog the Bounty Hunter. I sit at a desk and type all day - my back pain comes from slouching. Not glamorous, but true. What about people who actually exert themselves?
According to the New York Times Health Guide, lower back pain is the number 2 reason people see their doctor, right behind colds and flus. The cause of back pain varies, but there are preventative steps to consider before seeking treatment. There are proper methods of lifting and sitting to evaluate, as well as exercises to help with general and lower back pain. Small adjustments such as sitting with your knees higher than your hips or not leaning forward while lifting may help acute cases of back pain. Chronic cases (long-term, continuous, ongoing) should consult a doctor with the details of their condition.
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