There are many ways to prevent and reduce your incidence of back pain. Weight loss is a straightforward concept to understand to reduce back pain. As the force of the added weight is reduced on the spine, the joints and discs have less stress, thus less incidence of injury.
Smoking cessation is a good step in the right direction to reduce back pain and improved health in general. Some evidence exists that chemicals found in the body from smoking will reduce the blood flow and impair the healing of degenerating discs and accelerate the degeneration.
-Joe DeLapa, MD