Back Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Classification, & Treatment

Risk factors

Certain factors place you at an increased risk for developing pain in your back. They include: 

  • An emotionally or mentally stressful job or career
  • Pregnancy: Being pregnant increases your risk of developing back pain
  • An inactive or sedentary lifestyle
  • Age: Older individuals are more likely to develop back pain than children or younger adults.  
  • Anxiety can increase your risk of back pain
  • Depression
  • Gender: Women more frequently suffer from back pain than men.  
  • Weight: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing back pain.
  • Smoking: Smoking cigarettes increases your risk of developing back pain.
  • Strenuous physical exercise: especially if exercise is performed incorrectly.  
  • Strenuous physical work: especially if tasks such as lifting and carrying are not performed correctly