Thursday, 24 April 2014

Low back pain causes the most disability than any other condition

A recent global study co-authored by DEPM's Professor Rachelle Buchbinder has found that low back pain causes more disability than any other condition, including infections, depression and cardiac disease.

According to Professor Buchbinder, back pain is becoming more common, a product of ageing populations, increasing obesity and inactive lifestyles.

"It's really industrialisation that's a big problem for back pain," says Professor Buchbinder. Low back pain affects people's physical function with sometimes serious consequences".

The study's data came from a massive research effort called the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Their detailed analysis involved data from 187 countries across the globe, where low back pain was compared to 291 other conditions, including infectious disease, mental health, issues and cardiac disease.

Read the full study here.

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