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Back pain afflicts Texans, can lead to inability to work


Back pain is something that many Texans deal with on a daily basis. Even minor aches and pains can be extremely irritating over time, and the pain can signal the beginning of a far worse back injury in the future. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that half of all working people say that they have some kind of back pain.

The ACA also reports that as much as 80 percent of all people in this country will have back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain, in particular, afflicts a large number of people. According to the ACA, more than 30 million Americans have low back pain, which means that thousands of people in the Houston area likely have this problem.

For people who do not have trouble with back pain, the ACA has a number of tips to help prevent it in the future. A healthy diet and weight along with regular doctor-approved physical activity can help prevent back pain. In addition, maintaining good posture is important as is having a desk or other workstation that is ergonomically suitable. Furthermore, sleeping on a firmer mattress can help lessen curve in the spine during sleep.

At some point, whether from injury or some other cause, back pain can become debilitating and prevent a person from working. If a person's inability to work is caused by a back problem, they may be able to get some money through Social Security benefits. An experienced Social Security disability attorney can help people in this situation determine whether they might be eligible for SSD benefits for back injury, and how to go about filing a claim.

Source: ACAToday.org, "Back Pain Facts & Statistics," accessed on June 23, 2015

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