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October 20, 2016

A Real Pain in the Back

close-up of a woman's back as she rubs her lower back attempting to relieve back pain

Back pain is more than just a pain in the back.

Those that struggle with chronic back pain can attest to the toll it takes on everyday life. Daily tasks become a chore and even getting out of bed becomes a struggle. If you are trying to figure out the cause of your back pain, read on for a list of possible culprits.

Gaining Weight + Inactivity

A recent study shows what most of us already know – we gain weight during the winter. When the weather gets cold, we all want to stay inside which means we limit our physical activity. The lack of activity means more pressure is put on our back and knees, resulting in wear and tear on joints and pain. Once the pain sets in, many people just stop being active, and the cycle continues.

Exercises that put less pressure on our joints, such as swimming, yoga and walking, can help us maintain an active lifestyle and keep those extra pounds off. Core work can also help to strengthen muscles around our middle, helping to prevent back pain, as well.

Common Medical Conditions

Inactivity and weight gain are more obvious reasons for back pain, but common medical conditions like kidney stones and urinary tract infections can also cause short term back pain. If you are experiencing back pain and can’t figure out the cause, it may be a good idea to check in with your doctor to be sure you are in good overall health.

Accidents Can Cause Back Problems

Slipped disks, degenerative disk disease and joint inflammation are common causes of back pain, particularly in the lower back area. Slipping on ice, lifting incorrectly or even a car accident can cause many of these issues.

Most physicians suggest over the counter medications, physical therapy, injections or even a visit to the chiropractor.

Check Out a New Option

While there are several options out there, treatment is not one size fits all. If you are seeking a new option to address lower back pain, clinical trials may be able to help.

Those that participate are seen by board-certified physicians, have access to possible new treatment and are compensated for time and travel. To learn more about opportunities in Columbus and surrounding areas, visit or call 614-501-6164.