Updated: Dec 7, 2020

World Spine Day celebrates spine health annually on October 16th. The day also aims to increase awareness for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of back pain and other spine issues.

An estimated one billion people around the world suffer from back pain. These people include all age groups, from children to the elderly. One in four adults will suffer from back pain at one point in their life. Additionally, back pain is the single leading cause of disability.

Many developed countries provide viable treatment options for back pain. These include over-the-counter pain relievers, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. However, in underdeveloped countries, treatment is not always available. Oftentimes, the only option for individuals with back pain is to seek the help of traditional healers. Some are fortunate enough to go to a hospital where they receive anti-inflammatory medications.

The best way to treat back pain is to determine the cause. Common causes of back pain include car accidents or suffering a work-related injury. Another frequent cause of back pain is spine issues. These include:

· Osteoarthritis (arthritis of the spine)

· Bulging or ruptured disc

· Scoliosis

· Osteoporosis of the spine

· Spinal stenosis

· Tumors of the spine

Taking good care of the spine can prevent some spine disorders. Back pain can also be avoided. To protect the back and spine, always practice proper lifting techniques. Practice good posture and proper ergonomics. Back strengthening exercises and maintaining an active lifestyle also helps.

World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and well-being. Promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions will all be featured as people are encouraged to look after their spines and stay active.

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