Factors and Diagnosis

 The following factors are linked to a higher risk of developing low back pain:A mentally stressful job,Pregnancy Рpregnant women are much more likely to get back pain,A sedentary lifestyle,Age Рolder adults are more susceptible than young adults or children,Anxiety,Depression,Gender Рback 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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