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Life Lessons: Easy fixes for lower back pain

Life Lessons: Easy fixes for lower back pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints doctors see.

A variety of factors can contribute to it like pregnancy, genetics, even race.

It can be dull or excruciating, and could be a sign of a much more serious condition, especially for women.

The National Institutes of Health reports women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.

Here are three simple ways women can keep their backs healthy:

First, be careful when you wear heels.

"It will just make your back pain worse," says spinal surgeon Kenneth Light, MD, of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.

Next is to lift correctly.

Dr. Light recommended bringing the object close to the body and lifting with your legs.

Last, when you're at work, try to get up and walk around every half hour.

"Sitting in a chair [too long] produces pain in the back by causing it to arch excessively," Dr. Light explained.

If you have chronic pain, it could be a symptom of a bacterial infection in your spine, arthritis in your spine, or even a spinal tumor.

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