If you've been sidelined by a sore back, you're not alone, as four out of five people experience back pain at some point, making it the fifth most common reason for visiting the doctor.
The good news is that most lower back pain usually gets better within a few days or weeks, and surgery is rarely necessary.
Dr. Kevin Stephens joins the Eyewitness Morning News with a look at how to prevent back pain and keep it from returning.
Tips for avoiding lower back pain-
- Get more exercise
- Watch your weight
- Push, do not pull
- Sleeping position
- Sitting and Standing
- Be careful how you lift
- Avoid high heels
- Lighten your wallet
- Pick the right handbag or briefcase
- Forget about back braces