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10 causes of back pain that have nothing to do with an injury

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  • Back pain is quite common and it isn't always caused by injuries.
  • Sitting in the same position for a long period of time, leaning over your phone and devices often, and wearing really flat shoes can cause you to experience back pain.
  • People who are pregnant or who are sleeping on a mattress that is no longer supportive may also experience back pain.
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Back pain is quite common and it can be incredibly uncomfortable and even downright debilitating. Although a preexisting injury can certainly make back pain worse, it can occur even if you haven't recently gotten hurt.

From the weather forecast to your mental health, here are some common causes of back pain that don't involve an injury.

You've been relaxing in the same position all day long.

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Remaining in one position for extended periods of time can cause compression on your spine and back, explained Craig Banks, an Ohio-based chiropractor at Pinnacle Chiropractic.

"The discs between your vertebrae rely heavily on movement to get the nutrients they need and when they stay still for hours, it begins to aggravate the nerves around them," he explained.

So if you've been in one position for quite some time, you may want to take a break and do some light stretches or go for a walk. These simple movements can take some pressure off of your nerves.

You're spending a lot of time on the computer or talking on the phone.


Sitting at your desk for extended periods of time can put stress on your spine, causing you sudden or ongoing pain, explained Dr. David A. Shapiro, chiropractor and CEO at Complete Spine Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia.

Banks said many things you'd commonly do while sitting at a desk can also contribute to back pain.

"Whether it be holding a phone — usually on one side — having your arms up for using a keyboard, or forcing your head forward to see a monitor, the spine is frequently put in a position that isn't considered neutral," said Banks.

Taking time to get up and walk around as often as possible, but ideally at least once per hour, is a good way to avoid getting backaches from sitting at your desk for extended periods of time.

Looking down at your devices can do more than just strain your neck.


"Tech neck" is an increasingly real problem for those of us who are leaning over our devices for multiple hours throughout the day. Constantly looking down at a small device is an easy way to cause muscle tension and soreness in your neck and it can also cause pain in your back.

Banks said that when people use their devices, their head is typically bent down, which causes their neck to flex up to 90 degrees. He said this can create tensions in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Plus, it creates tension in your nervous system by way of your spinal cord, which can cause you discomfort.

His best advice for avoiding this issue is to bring your phone closer to you instead of attempting to lean closer to it. "When using your devices, think of the phrase, 'Phone to face, not face to phone,''' Banks told INSIDER.

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