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Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.

Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name a few are common, and they can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, impacting a person’s ability to work, to enjoy everyday activities and even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.

Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain, neck pain and other spinal disorders.

Some facts:

• Up to 80% of people will suffer from back or neck pain during their lives.

• 50% of the working population will experience back or neck pain symptoms at least once per year.

• Activities such as the collection of water and farming can increase the risk of spinal pain

• Age is one of the most common risk factors for spinal pain, and the greatest effects of population ageing are predicted in low-and middle-income countries

• Back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons for workplace sick leave.

• Back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by the common cold.

The good news is that many of these common problems can be easily avoided!

That’s why this year’s theme for World Spine Day is “Straighten Up and Move,” focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health.

To help mark World Spine Day, participating health care providers and organizations around the world will provide important information, tips and tools to help prevent many of these spinal disorders.

For more information visit

the World Spine Day website at www.worldspineday.org.

For more information about the Bone and Joint Decade visit www.boneandjointdecade.org

 

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