- The National Health Service spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs. In the private healthcare sector £565 million is spent on back pain every year.
- The lowdown on back pain. Most people have lower back pain. This is because the lower back bears the weight of the upper body. It also twists and bends more than the upper back.
- If your back pain started after a trivial movement, such as picking up a book from the floor, you could have a slipped disc or a joint problem in your spine.
- Many people who often have back pain, either lead inactive sedentary lives, or have inherited a genetic susceptibility to back pain.
- Cyclists often experience back pain, which can often be rectified by adjusting the angle of the bicycle seat.
- 80% of people over the age of 30 experience back problems at some point in their lives. 30% of those will have recurring problems.
- Low back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the physician.
- Eighty seven percent of back problems are known to be muscular in origin — meaning they are related to how your move your body.
- Most acute back pain goes away on its own, whether or not you treat it with medication or other therapies.
- The spine is so strong that it can withstand the pressure of hundreds of kilograms.
This month’s back pain tips are –
Take something to control the pain and stay active. Bed-rest is not the answer.
Classic Pilates moves support the spine and can create a flat tum in the process !!
Revamp your bed to get a good night’s sleep. They say one in ten cases of back pain could be caused by old or poorly supportive mattresses. There are a number of mattress companies that run a ‘try before you buy’ offer so if you get the wrong type you could change it for another type.