Is your back “killing you” because of pain? Individuals the world over share your predicament. A couple of recently published studies yielded significant findings on the global prevalence of low back pain. Featured by contributor Elizabeth DeVita Raeburn in a physician-reviewed article for MedPage Today, the two reports highlight the increasing cost of the disability.
Low back pain is on the rise and causes more global disability than any other condition, according to two studies from Australia.
The number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYS) due to low back pain increased from 58.2 million (95% CI 39.9 million-78.1 million) in 1990 to 83 million (95% CI 56.6 million-111.9 million) in 2010, wrote Damian Hoy, PhD, of the University of Queensland, and colleagues in the Annals of the Rheumatic Disease.
In a second study appearing in the same issue of the journal, other researchers looked specifically at the global burden of low back pain as a result of exposure to occupational ergonomic risk factors. They estimated that worldwide ergonomic work exposures were responsible for 21.7 million DALYS in 2010.
As mentioned in the article, researchers found that occupational risks can cause low back pain conditions. You are more likely to suffer the symptoms if you have a job with “rapid pace of work, repetitive motion, insufficient recovery time, vibration, heavy lifting, bending, twisting, and sustained non-neutral postures.” These factors, plus aging, may result in straining your lower back and developing conditions that produce painful sensations.
Chronic lower back pain could get quite disabling that it may reach the point where you have to quit your job. The problem could stop you from enjoying an active social life, too.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat this dilemma. Specialists can provide non-surgical treatment for back pain among Bergen County residents to resolve the disability, and allow those afflicted to continue having a busy and comfortable lifestyle.
Early treatment can help you avoid the implications of chronic pain. Studies show that the stress can be so overwhelming that patients become socially isolated; or worse, clinically depressed. Aside from affecting your psychological health, the underlying condition, such as a bulging disc or sciatica, can worsen and require various medications and even surgery.
Reputable pain management specialists like the MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center offer back pain relief in Ridgewood, NJ areas, with conservative treatment that can ultimately manage the pain, save your career, and enhance your comfort.
(Source: Low Back Pain Afflicts Millions Around the World, MedPage Today, March 25, 2014)