There are several risk factors for chronic back pain, such as:
Age — The first attack generally begins at age 30 with the pain becoming more and more common as you grow older. As you age, bone strength will decrease, leading to fractures, muscle elasticity, and tone decrease.
Fitness — Not everyone has the time to work out every day. But the less active you are, the more prone to injury you become.
Weight Gain — When you are overweight, your muscles and joints get a lot of added stress on them which in turn, adds stress to your back.
Pregnancy — Pelvic changes that occur during pregnancy can put a lot of stress on your body, causing additional pain in your back.
Occupational Risks — Work that involves heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling can lead to an injury.
In recent years, lower back pain has become worse. A study by the NINDS has found that about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Back pain is a very burdensome condition, ranking third in a study related to terms of mortality or poor health as a result of the disease. Only ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rank higher.