Back Pain In Cold And Flu Season

Nov. 25, 2008

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Jeff Schnaufer

Cold and flu season may be upon us, but that isn’t the only reason Americans end up on their backs, feeling miserable. “Low-back pain is the second most common reason for visits to a primary care physician, outnumbered only by the common cold,” says Dr. Karen Erickson, a chiropractor in New York City. “Studies show that about 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives.”

While some back pain is caused by non-preventable factors such as traumatic accidents, congenital defects and tumors, Erickson, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), says “the majority of low back pain is preventable.” Erickson and Dr. Thomas Weida, a physician and professor of family and community medicine, Penn State University, Hershey, Penn., offer solutions to avoid the four most common causes of back injury: More…