According to the New York Times, an increasing number of studies are finding that one’s risk for chronic back pain is, in fact, related to his or her family history.
“In the past, researchers who looked at families with multiple back patients had trouble ruling out the environmental factors that relatives often share, like similar lifestyles and careers, or habits like smoking and lack of exercise,” the article states. “Now, however, studies have shown a clear connection.”
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