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3 activities to avoid when experiencing back pain

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Nearly 80 percent of Americans suffer from pain in the lower back at some point in their lifetime.

What hurts is not necessarily the problem, but a symptom of the problem. If you experience knee pain, it may actually be your lower back is the source of the issue.

Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work. It is also one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor's office or a hospital's emergency department. It is the second most common neurologic complaint in the United States, second only to headache.

Here are 3 activities to avoid if you are experiencing back pain:

1. Non-contact sports

Even though golf and tennis are not contact sports, they can still cause a significant amount of injury to the lower back area. Muscle strain and injuries to the SI joint are common in these activities.

A lack of physical activity can also have a negative impact as being sedentary can also increase lower back pain. Try aerobic exercises like walking, swimming or biking.

2. Mowing the lawn

Mowing your lawn with a push mower can aggravate your lower back pain. Walking in a hunched position while mowing can lead to back issues, as well as the repetitive motion of pushing the mower forward and pulling it back.

Pushing a stroller can also have the same negative impact on the lower back. Take breaks when pushing for a prolonged amount of time, or consider taking turns when out with family or friends.

3. Carrying groceries

Lifting heavy objects can put stress on the lower back, and that includes carrying bags of groceries. Make multiple trips to reduce the weight of the bags to avoid heavy lifting and poor spine position.

Other chores such as cleaning and laundry can also impact the lower back. Taking heavy, wet clothes out of the washer, vacuuming and mopping can also cause strain.

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