BACK PAIN IS ON THE RISE…

Back pain is on the rise according to the Shropshire Star. They write that newly-released analysis by Imperial College London shows that 56,154 people in the Shropshire Council area and 29,589 people in Telford and Wrekin reported suffering from back pain in 2012. 

It accounted for 18 per cent of the population, slightly higher than the England average of 17 per cent. 

The data was collected from Public Health England’s Health Survey, and analysed by Imperial College for the charity Versus Arthritis. 

Only people who were in pain at the time of the survey, and had been in pain for at least three months, were counted in the figures. 

That means the data is likely to be an underestimate of the prevalence of the condition, since acute bouts of back pain can be resolved within a three-month period. 

Three out of five declared sufferers in Shropshire reported having severe back pain – a total of 33,552 people. 

Almost two-thirds of declared sufferers in Telford and Wrekin – 18,921 people – also reported having severe back pain.

NHS England say Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population. Referrals for spinal surgery are increasing year on year and a growing number of patients are waiting longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment.

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