5 Life Events That Contribute To Back Pain

Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: December 31, 2015

life events that lead to back pain

Almost everyone will experience back pain at some point in their life, but some life events can lead to earlier onset of pain. From acute injuries to events that change your body’s internal structure, here’s a look at five life events that can lead to problematic back pain. These five actions can lead to the spine problems.

Sports Injury

The majority of kids will play at least one sport growing up, and odds are they’ll suffer some bumps and bruises along the way. Estimates suggest that about 66 percent of boys between the ages of 5-18 and 52 percent of girls in that same age group participate in at least one organized sport. Football and wrestling are male-dominated sports that can contribute to back injuries, but females are more likely to suffer a severe back injury in cheerleading and gymnastics. Sports are one of the earlier causes of back problems in young adults.

Car Accident

Hopefully this is a life event that you’ll never have to experience, but research shows that the average person files a car accident claim with their insurance company once every 18 years. Maybe it will only be a minor fender bender, but auto accidents are the leading cause of severe back injuries in the United States. Always wear your seatbelt when you’re in the car, and avoid dangerous driving habits like texting and driving.


Spine pain during pregnancy is very common, and the majority of women experience at least minor back pain at some point during or in the weeks after their pregnancy. Lumbar (lower back) pain is quite common during pregnancy, and women are four times more likely to develop posterior pelvic pain while pregnant. Pregnancy can also compress your sciatic nerve, leading to shooting pain or weakness in your legs.

Punching the Clock

No matter what profession you choose, your back is going to take a beating. Physical jobs force workers to twist, torque and stress their back, and there is also the possibility of injuries from machinery or falls, while desk workers may develop pain if they have poor posture or stay seated for extended periods. Stretching before physical tasks and taking short breaks to walk around can help keep your spine healthy no matter what line of work you’re in.


Some women note that they experience mild to moderate back pain weeks after their hysterectomy. Since the procedure takes a significant toll on your body, back pain can linger if you don’t allow yourself to fully heal after the operation. There’s also the possibility that some of the muscles in your back were damaged during the operation, and they could be causing your pain. Some pain is common, but if it is intense or it lasts for months, head back in to your doctor.

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