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Is your back hurting? You’re in good company. In any 3-month period, about 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has at least one day of back pain, mostly in the lower back.
The back is a complicated structure. Its center is the spine, which is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae, stacked in a column. The nerves of the spinal cord run in a tunnel through the middle of those bones. Spongy discs between the vertebrae act as cushions. Ligaments and tendons hold everything together.
To prevent frequent back pain, follow these tips for a healthier back:
• Stay active and maintain a healthy weight.
• Stretch before exercise or other strenuous physical activity.
• Don’t slouch when standing or sitting.
• Make sure your work surface is at a comfortable height for you.
• Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
• If you must lift something heavy, don’t bend over the item; instead, keep your back straight, bend at the knees, and lift by putting the stress on your legs and hips.
• Talk with a health care provider to make sure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D.
• Don’t smoke.
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