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Back Pain increase the Risk of Early Death

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At Pro-Holistic Care, we recommend and provide natural treatments to improve your overall health beyond the chiropractic care (that we love to deliver).  We are dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system (back and joints). We slowly work to maintain a unique focus on spinal adjustments and therapy of surrounding structures.


Many studies have concluded that adjustment of the spine is useful for the treatment of lower back pain, as well as for treatment of lumbar herniated disc, nerve pain, and neck pain, among other conditions.


We are usually known as the doctors for back pain (while we help improve your health and future at the same time). Back pain is a significant cause of disability, not only physical but emotional as well. A study from February 23, 2017, finds that people with back pain may also have an increased risk of dying each year.


In the study, subjects ages 70 and older who reported having back or neck pain in the previous month were 13 percent more likely to die each year from any cause, compared with people who didn't have back pain.


But these people are not dying of back pain; the researchers noted in the study. Instead, back pain and neck pain may be signs of other factors linked to an increased risk of death, such as reduced health and reduced physical abilities, the researchers wrote.  


Take a look at the problem with back pain:


  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. 
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
  • Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by dangerous conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
In the study, researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia analyzed data from the Danish Twin Registry, which includes more than 4,300 twins ages 70 and up living in Denmark. At the beginning of the study, the researchers asked the people if they'd had either back pain or neck pain in the previous month. 

Results:


  • 13 percent higher risk of death from any cause each year compared with those who did not report back or neck pain, the researchers found. 
  • The study suggests that spinal pain is not causing people's deaths but rather "is part of a pattern of poor health," the researchers wrote.
Back pain, Mental Health, and Physical Activity:

Previous research has linked back pain to increased symptoms of anxiety and depression and reduced social activity. Also, the link between illness and decreased physical activity may lead to weight gain, which, in turn, increases a person's risk for some diseases.

People in the study who were still alive at the end of the study period were more likely to be physically active compared with those who had died, according to the survey. 


Do this, improve your back health and live Happily:


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Resources:
  • Live Science. (https://www.livescience.com/58019-back-pain-risk-of-death.html) 
  • ACA Today: https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics
 




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