A good friend of mine is pretty athletic, goes to the gym about three times a week, and is what most would describe as healthy and fit. A few weeks ago, he went down to Atlanta to a conference and trade show. He was meeting some associates there to set up the booth, but his associates met with some delays. When the display boxes arrived, he was still a one man show.
As a lot of us would do, he carried on and went about setting up the display to be ready for the show opening in the morning. Honestly, the boxes were not heavy or overly bulky. However, one guy was doing the work of what was supposed to be three, so maybe he was rushing a little.
My friend told me this story over the phone, as he was lying in his hotel bed, unable to get up and stand for any length of time. Grounded. Away from home. Away from his normal routine and health care folks. Although, truth be told, he was a healthy guy and had no routine health care folks. This guy never went to the doctor.
So I asked what happened.
He said he had just tugged on one of the boxes, and maybe he twisted a little. He was not sure exactly what happened. He was sure that the stabbing pain right between his shoulder blades, would not go away and he was miserable.
A long massage got him ready for his return flight and a few visits to the chiropractor set him straight once he got home. Fortunately, he's been fine since then, minus the couple hundred bucks he had to spend on massage and chiropractic stuff. He has also had the valuable experience of what can happen when one gets in a hurry, gets a little tired or sloppy, and strays away from healthy habits.
Being tired and in a hurry is a breeding ground for back pain.
Stopping back pain can be as simple as developing good habits early in life and recognizing when we are tired and at risk.