CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - There's a good chance at some point your lower back has bothered you. Millions of Americans deal with the discomfort each year.
At 63, Cammie Hauptfuhrer works to get stronger. Two years ago, she broke her femur and needed two operations. She eventually found herself with lower back and hip pain.
"It was like grinding at the hips and lower back because I was trying to compensate so walking a few blocks wasn't that much fun which I hated because I love walking," said Hauptfuhrer.
So she started working with Dr. Kylie Rabe from Carolina Sports Clinic.
"We get that lower back pain because we put too much stress and strain on the joints in our lower back," said Dr. Rabe.
Injuries, every day activities and even overuse can trigger low back pain. Symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation. The pain can make it hard to move and even stand up straight. Rabe says it's important to be mindful of your posture. If you're not already start exercising to strengthen your core muscles and be sure to stretch. It's much better Rabe says to get your back looked at earlier than later if you are experiencing some discomfort that's impacting your daily activities.
After strengthening her core and finding the right stretches Cammie is up for the long walks she enjoys. She's working to prevent the pain from coming back.
"That's the goal. You get to a certain age and you have creaky joinuts so I'm just trying to do the things to protect them," said Cammie.
If you have any questions you should consult your doctor. Also if you carry around heavy bags like a purse or a backpack consider lightening the load.