Epidemic of back pain is set to get worse as population ages

Back painArticle in Daily Express by Jo Willey

The crippling condition causes more disability than any other single medical problem.

Yet because it is notseen as life-threatening, patients are often dismissed and sent back to work when its millions of victims could be helped if doctors took it more seriously.

Research has found that almost one in 10 people now suffers from lower back pain.

And the study, carried out by Dr Tony Woolf from the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, and researchers in Australia, warns that the number is set to rise in coming decades as the population ages.

“Governments, health service and research providers and donors need to pay far greater attention to the burden that low back pain causes,” they write.

The study, published in the Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases, examined data from the Global Burden of Disease study which assesses the health of people in 187 countries for 1990, 2005 and 2010.

Out of 291 conditions, low back pain topped the league table in terms of years lost to disability.They also assessed the toll taken by low back pain in terms of “disability adjusted life years” – worked out by combining the number of years of life lost as a result of early death, and the number of years lived with disability.

Lower back pain came sixth in the resulting table.

In the UK, lower back pain is the most common form of chronic pain, with approximately four per cent of the population taking time off work because of it, equating to around 900 million work days lost a year.

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