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Lower Back Pain a Leading Cause of Worsening Health Around the World

The majority of the local community will suffer back pain at some point during their life. A recent study entitled the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 analysed data from 188 nations and considered over 300 injuries and chronic diseases.

What they found – the common link – was that for both men and women one of the leading causes of disability was low back pain and major depressive disorders (is there a connection between constant pain every day in someones life and their mental health?).

“Aging of the world’s population is leading to a substantial increase in the numbers of individuals with …diseases and injuries,” says an article published by The Lancet on June 7 2015. Low back pain was named one of the leading contributors of years lived with disability.

Researchers from the study have indicated that as our population ages and as the number of elderly people as a percentage of our age demographics increases, the number of people living with health problems including back pain will rise over the coming decades.

Supporting this study is data from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke ‘Low Back Pain Fact Sheet’ December 2014. 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point during their life. Back pain is stated as the most common cause of job related disability and a leading contributor to sick days, time off work and lost efficiency.

In the US back pain is a huge burden on the community and it is only getting worse. A 1990 study that ranked burdensome conditions in terms of mortality and disease ranked back pain sixth place. When the study was repeated in 2010 back pain shot up to take the third position meaning only heart disease and pulmonary disease ranked higher! What a pain in the back.

How is back pain treated?

Doctors of Chiropractic use spinal manipulation and mobilisations (chiropractic adjustments) to correct the shape of the spine, stimulate the spine and surrounding muscles and provide relief from back pain.

If you would like to learn more about how chiropractic may help in your case, please contact the team at New World Chiro today.

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