With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering from back pain, it affects all age groups, from children to the elderly. It is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet, with one in four adults estimated to suffer from back pain during their lives. Prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.
#LoveYourSpine highlights the importance of spinal health and wellbeing, with a focus on:
- Promotion of regular physical activity
- Encouraging good posture throughout all stages of life
- Teaching responsible lifting and developing healthy working conditions
- Reducing the harmful effects of stress
- Strategies for reducing inflammation – a main cause of spinal pain
Populations in under-serviced parts of the world often have no access to conventional healthcare resources to care for spinal pain and disability. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts many millions of people, resulting in an enormous impact on industry and the economy.