According to a recent article in the New York Times back pain can be inherited from parent to child. A growing number of studies are linking back pain with a genetic component. One recent study was conducted in Utah and published in The Journal of Joint and Bone Surgery. This study used records from a large health and genealogical database to study more than a million Utah residents. While conducting this study researchers focused on people with herniated disks.
The study showed that regardless of environmental factors – people who had a second degree relative (aunt, uncle, or grandparent) that experienced chronic back pain or a third degree relative such as a cousin were at more risk of establishing chronic back pain. More so, a person having an immediate family member who suffered made them 4 times at risk!
For more information on this please visit the article posted in the NY Times here.
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