Feeling the Pain of Ignoring Back Pain Prevention Recommendations

September 26, 2014 3:39 PM

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Feeling the Pain of Ignoring Back Pain Prevention Recommendations

As I write this, I'm laying on the living room floor. My computer is in front of me, a newly-purchased heating pad is strapped to my back, and I'm doing my best to get some writing done despite the protests of some lower back muscles that are clearly irritated with me for doing who knows what. As a physician, I'm well aware that most people in the U.S. experience back pain at least once in their lives, and that back pain is so common as to rank as the No. 1 reason why people go see the doctor... somehow I just didn't think this would apply to me.

As the pain lets up a bit, the irony strikes me. I spend much of my time helping others understand all of the simple things they can do to live healthier lives. Yet up until little over 48 hours ago, I spent a total of absolutely no time paying attention to how to prevent this pain in my back. And I...

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