Back pain is a chronic and life-interrupting issue that affects many, particularly in our sedentary work culture, but the real cause behind the problem of persistent back pain may be far less circumstantial.
Back pain seems to flare up as we hit or approach middle age, and it seems that declining agility is not the only reason behind back pain. The BBC reported on a survey that pegs genes as a factor in back pain, and scientists have even pinned down what gene is potentially responsible for the higher preponderance of back pain in some people.
Fully 80 percent of female back pain sufferers who are middle aged are believed to have inherited the condition, and new research has pegged the PARK2 gene as the culprit of much of the particular type of lower back pain.
Dr. Frances Williams of King’s College London worked on the study, and said:
“We know that people whose discs wear out are at increased risk of episodes of lower back pain, but normal human discs are hard to get hold of to study so until now our knowledge of normal human biology was incomplete … Further work by disc researchers to define the role of the PARK2 gene will, we hope, shed light on one of most important causes of lower back pain.”
“It is feasible that if we can build on this finding and improve our knowledge of the condition, we may one day be able to develop new, more effective treatments for back pain caused by this common condition.”
The back pain study was published in the journal The Annals Of Rheumatic Diseases.