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Persistent low-back pain may be inherited

February 7, 2011 12:53:40 AM PST
Are you suffering from persistent low-back pain? Your genes may be partly to blame.

A new study shows that the likelihood of developing low-back pain from disc disease may be inherited. Researchers analyzed the health and family history of 2 million Utah residents.

They found that those with an immediate family member who suffered from disc-related low-back pain were more than four times more likely to suffer from low-back pain as well.

The study is published online in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.