It is commonly accepted among experts that lower back pain is related to prolonged sitting. Let’s face it, as a nation we spend plenty of time during our day doing that, from www.choosenatural.com 13 March 2017.
It seems that the only time we are not sitting is when we’re moving from one location to the next. It should come as no surprise that back pain is a pretty common problem. The cause is a pinch, irritation, stretch or upset of your nerve’s telling you, you have created a problem. If you leave it, it always gets worse over time. A pain killer stops you feeling the pinch, but it doesn’t change the cause of the pinched nerves, in fact it gets worse.
I’m not suggesting that we stop sitting; what we should do is take some simple steps to minimize the impact by making our environment more back friendly.
Here are some suggestions:
Dr Steven Griffith (added bits) from Redcliffe Family Chiropractor has helped people live without pinched nerves & happier lives for over 30 years.
A series of studies emerging from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project, a massive collaboration between the World Health Organization, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (the coordinating centre), the University of Queensland School of Population Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the University of Tokyo, Imperial College London, clarifies the worldwide health burden of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly back and neck pain, in crystal-clear fashion, with low back pain identified as the number-one cause of disability worldwide and neck pain the number-four cause. Overall, musculoskeletal conditions represent the second leading cause of global disability.
Findings emphasize the shift in global health that has resulted from disability making an increasingly larger footprint on the burden of disease compared to a mere 20-30 years ago. In addition, while more people are living longer, the flip side is that they do so with an increasing risk of living with the burden of pain, disability and disease compared to generations past.
Dr Steven Griffith, 17 Silvyn Street, Redcliffe ph. 3284 2065, successfully treats chronic neck and back pain provides an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 findings, highlighted as follows:
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Australian Government: – Australian Institute of Health & Welfare www.aihw.gov.au
An estimated 3.7 million Australians had chronic back problems in 2014–15, according to a report released by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Impacts of chronic back problems, explains the impact on an individual’s quality of life, as well as the impact on the community in terms of economic and disease burden.
Chronic back problems are defined as long-term (6 months or more) health conditions and include disc disorders (such as a herniated disc or disc degeneration); sciatica and curvature of the spine; and pain not caused by another condition such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.
People with chronic back problems are more likely to report a poorer quality of life than those in the general population, with similar rates for men and women.
‘People with back problems are around 2 times as likely to say they have poor health, high levels of psychological distress and severe bodily pain, compared with the general population,’ said AIHW spokesperson Ann Hunt.
In 2014–15, around 9% of people with back problems perceived their health as poor, compared to just over 4% in the general population.
‘Almost 7% experienced very high levels of psychological distress, and 4% experienced very severe bodily pain. This is compared with 4% and 1.5%, respectively, in the general population,’ Ms Hunt said.
The report also shows that 28% of people with a disability (around 1.2 million people) also had a chronic back problem.
‘Among people with a disability, those suffering from chronic back problems were more likely than those without to report limitations and restrictions in relation to mobility, self-care, employment and social participation,’ Ms Hunt said.
‘Among people with both a disability and a chronic back problem, 43% experienced limitations related to mobility, 28% experienced limitations related to self-care, and 77% of those who were working age experienced a restriction in employment.’
Chronic back problems were the third leading cause of disease burden in Australia in 2011, accounting for 3.6% of the total burden across all diseases and injuries. The majority (78%) of people with chronic back problems are aged between 15–64.
Canberra, 16 August 2016
Further information: Ms Ann Hunt, AIHW, tel. 02 6244 1238. mob. 0407 915 851
Full publication: Impacts of chronic back problems