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Can my lifestyle help prevent back pain?

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to helping prevent back pain. Extra weight strains the back, so getting to, and staying at, a healthy weight is important. Regular exercise, especially core work, keeps the abdominal and back muscles firm. Smoking ages the spine, so avoid smoking and inhaling secondhand smoke.

SOURCES: 

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004.  The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004.  The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 22, 2017

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