Which activities aggravate low back pain (LBP)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Mechanical lumbar syndromes are typically aggravated by static loading of the spine (eg, prolonged sitting or standing), by long lever activities (eg, vacuuming or working with the arms elevated and away from the body), or by levered postures (eg, bending forward). [18, 26] Pain is reduced when the spine is balanced by multidirectional forces (eg, walking or constantly changing positions) or when the spine is unloaded (eg, reclining). Mechanical conditions of the spine, including disk disease, spondylosis, spinal stenosis, and fractures, account for up to 98% of LBP cases, with the remaining ones due to systemic, visceral, or inflammatory disorders. [1]

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