There are a lot of lifestyle factors that can lead to back pain, and many people already know the basic ones, like bad posture and not exercising. However, these four may surprise you:
You already know a list of consequences from smoking cigarettes, but you probably didn't know back pain is one of them. Smokers often have trouble getting enough nutrients to the discs in their spine, and heal slower than non-smokers. If you have a smoker's cough, that can also cause and aggravate pain in your back.
2. Your family
In some cases, sufferers of back pain can blame their family. There are some hereditary causes of back pain, such as ankylosing spondylitis, which is a form of arthritis that affects the spine.
3. What you wear
It's true: what you wear can affect your back. In this category of causes, shoes are the biggest culprit. If you wear high stiletto heels or shoes with worn out soles, that can affect your gait and lead to back pain. It's important to wear comfortable shoes and replace old ones as much as possible. Your back and your feet will thank you! Other parts of your wardrobe, like a shoulder bag or a bra, can also result in back pain. Bras with bad support can make your back curve and trigger pain. Heavy shoulder bags, purses and even wallets in your back pocket also have the same effect, putting pressure on your sciatic nerve.
4. Your cell phone
So many of us depend on cell phones in our daily routines, and because of that frequent use, we suffer in back pain. If you frequently use your shoulder to balance your phone at your ear, you can cause a pain in your neck that can affect your back. If you hunch over to look at your phone screen, you're also putting a strain on your spine that become chronic pain.
If you're experiencing chronic back pain from any of these factors, you should schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.