Is Chronic Back Pain in Your Genes?

Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: November 5, 2018

Back Pain Genes

When it comes to your back pain, are Mom and Dad to blame? A new international study suggests they may have played a role in your back pain, but they aren’t fully to blame.

New research has pinpointed three new genes that have been associated with chronic back pain conditions. One of the genes has been linked to defects in cartilage and skeleton formation, another has been linked to an increased risk of disc herniation, and the third gene plays a role in the development of the spinal cord. According to researchers, the expression or mutation of these genes can leave a person at a higher risk for certain chronic back pain conditions.

Are Your Genes To Blame?

Now, while you may be at an elevated risk for chronic back pain because of your genes, that doesn’t mean you have no control over the health of your spine. Individuals who take good care of their back are much less likely to develop spine pain, even if they have certain genetic influences, compared to individuals who stress and strain their back on a regular basis.

So how can you best take care of your spine, regardless of whether your genes leave you at an elevated risk for chronic back pain? You can start by:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Staying hydrated throughout the day
  • Practicing proper lifting techniques
  • Having good posture when seated
  • Avoiding staying in one position for extended periods
  • Participating in strength training for both your spine and your core muscles
  • Get yearly physicals and ask your doctor about any concerns you might have

Gene variants can play a role in our chronic back pain, but in most cases, we have firm control of our likelihood of developing back pain. Lifestyle choices have a far greater impact on our spinal health than the genetic lottery, so don’t just assume you’ll have back pain if both your parents have had slipped disc surgery. Prioritize your spine health and take control of the situation.

For more information about how you can improve your spine health, or if you want to learn more about how your family history could impact your spine, reach out to Dr. Sinicropi’s office today.

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