Monday, March 28, 2022

Sedentary Lifestyle Can Be a Factor in Low Back Pain

A sedentary lifestyle is one where an individual gets very little exercise. And people all over the world are getting less and less exercise. During their leisure time, people sit while using computers, watching TV or playing video games. And at work, people often do their job while sitting at a desk.  A sedentary lifestyle can increase a person’s risk for many cardiometabolic problems including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol. And a recent study has shown that a sedentary lifestyle can also raise the risk for low back pain (LBP).

There are basically two types of back pain. There is acute back pain that may last up to a few weeks, and there is chronic back pain that can last 12 weeks or more. Most of us experience back pain at some point, but the back pain usually goes away. However, LBP is a chronic condition for about twenty percent of the people who have the condition.

In the study mentioned above, 27 meta-analyses were researched. The meta-analyses were taken from articles published in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and Scopus. And the analysis of the 27 meta-analyses showed that sedentary lifestyle raised the risk of LBP.

The set of meta-analyses showed that a sedentary lifestyle was a big risk factor for LBP in both adults and children. For example, one of the meta-analyses showed that using a computer for more than four hours a day, while at work, could lead to LBP. One of the analyses indicated that sitting for more than seven hours a day can lead to LBP. And another one of the analyses concluded that playing video games for at least twelve hours a week could lead to LBP.

Since a sedentary lifestyle can lead to LBP, exercise should be encouraged by healthcare providers for patients to prevent LBP, as well as other undesirable health conditions. 

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