Across the globe, lower back pain is one of the most serious and prevalent musculoskeletal disorders according to a new international study that stresses the immense cost of chronic back pain.
In the study, the researchers analyzed more than 300 conditions that constitute disability, and zeroed in on lower back pain. The researchers found that lower back pain contributes to approximately one- third of all work-related disabilities every year. It is estimated that almost every one of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. For many however, the condition can become chronic, consistent and extremely disabling. These persons may suffer from such serious symptoms that they may find it hard to perform normal and routine activities like sitting for long periods of time, standing and walking. In fact, impaired functionality due to back pain is a major factor in Social Security disability claims every year.
One of the major causes of lower back pain is undesirable work practices, including frequent stooping, bending and lifting. Improper lifting and bending techniques in the workplace can strain lower back muscles, causing chronic pain. There may, however, be other factors contributing to low back pain as well. Obesity, stress, and anxiety are all risk factors. Older people may be at a higher risk of lower back pain, and males may be at a much higher risk than females. In order to reduce the risk of suffering lower back pain, stay in shape,avoid putting on excess weight, perform exercises aimed at increasing flexibility and strengthening the back, and adopt safe bending, stooping and lifting practices that work.