This health video will focus on different types of back pain and the pain from Degenerative Disk Disease.
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What causes back pain? Dr. John Regan: A lower back pain is fairly the biggest problem and about 90% of people at one point or the other will have back pain. Dr. Fabien Bitan: Its a very large source of disability, loss of income and expenses for, in the country. Dr. John Regan: And the most common causes of back pain are muscle strain or ligament pulls, that sort of things. Much less common would be problem with a disk, herniated disk, or a bone injury that's sort of thing. Dr. Fabien Bitan: As the stress might probably increase the problem and make patient more sensitive to back pain, but it doesn't create the back problem. Dr. John Regan: There are lots of things that can be done to prevent back pain, first of all exercise, good strong abdominal muscles, good back muscles, avoiding weight gain. Actually, avoiding smoking, smoking seems to have an increase problem with disk problem which cause a lot of back problems and also the way you lift, and bend and twist and even the way you sit at work. Like the way you sit at a computer for example all these things can affect your back and increase or decrease the chances of having a back problem. Dr. Fabien Bitan: In younger patients, very often there's an accident at the origin of the problem as when it's an older patient, it's more natural occurring process. Dr. John Regan: Well I think people that are overweight, out of shape and lift improperly are probably the people who have increased chances of having back problems. What is degenerative disk disease? Dr. John Regan: Degenerative Disk disease is a term applied to the degeneration of a disk. Dr. Fabien Bitan: The disk are some cushion between the vertebrate in your back and when they got degenerative and they wear out, your back does not function normally and every movement creates pain and sometimes creates nerve compression and sciatica. Dr. John Regan: And these disks as a matter of aging can deteriorate with age. Some people earlier than other people that seems to be so much genetically determined and it also can be spread along by injuries that occurred to the disk.