Factors and Diagnosis

 The following factors are linked to a higher risk of developing low back pain:A mentally stressful job,Pregnancy – pregnant women are much more likely to get back pain,A sedentary lifestyle,Age – older adults are more susceptible than young adults or children,Anxiety,Depression,Gender – back pain is more common among females than males,Obesity/overweight,Smoking,Strenuous physical exercise (especially if not done properly),Strenuous physical work.

Diagnosing back pain:Most GPs (general practitioners, primary care physicians) will be able to diagnose back pain after carrying out a physical examination, and interviewing the patient. In the majority of cases imaging scans are not required.
If the doctor and/or patient suspect some injury to the back, tests may be ordered. Also, if the doctor suspects the back pain might be due to a mentioned cause, or if the pain persists for too long, further tests may be recommended.

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