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Some risks of back pain can be changed by lifestyle choices

A review of 26 million records of patients in 13 health care systems across the United States uncovered 1.2 million people with diagnosed low back pain. Individuals with a statistically significant relative risk of low back pain had been diagnosed with depressive disorder, obesity, nicotine dependence or alcohol abuse.

SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, annual meeting (March 25, 2015)

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