Does your back pain have hereditary causes?

We celebrate Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June to thank our parents for all the amazing things they've done and given to us. Did you know that if you suffer from back pain, you might also be able to credit your parents for that as well? It's true – research has long looked into the hereditary causes of chronic back pain, which can be just as common as causes like injury or overuse.

According to one study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2011, individuals with a second-degree relative, like an aunt or grandparent, or third-degree relative, like a cousin, with back pain had a higher risk themselves. Those with an immediately family member had a risk that was four times higher, external factors notwithstanding.

Why is there a hereditary factor in back pain, though? It's usually due to inheriting a predisposition to a specific condition, like lumbar disc degeneration. A 2012 study from King's College London found that 65 to 80 percent of LDD cases are hereditary, noting that a certain back degeneration was present in many of these cases.

While these factors seem out of our control, there are still plenty of ways that chronic back pain sufferers can work to lessen their discomfort. The King's College study found that patients with a positive outlook were less likely to suffer as much from back pain. For further prevention, the same rules of back pain treatment apply: frequent exercise, healthy diet and proper posture are all helpful actions.

To better understand the causes and proper treatment of your back pain, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.