Back pain is one of the most common injuries affecting approximately 75% of people at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can start as an acute injury from participating in an obvious activity such as lifting, sports, gardening and shoveling or it can slowly develop over time due to overuse of weak muscles from sitting or standing for prolonged periods. Back pain can often become a chronic injury, meaning it lasts longer than three months, if early signs of back pain are ignored.
What are some early signs of back pain?
A general aching feeling in your back that disappears if you move around is often an early sign that postural muscles in your back are not working to their best ability. When weak muscles become fatigued from overuse they send pain messages to your brain in an effort to let your body know to change positions and use other muscles instead.
Another early sign of back pain is when you feel a muscle “twinge” with a certain activity, such as lifting, pulling or push...