According to new research in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, lower back pain causes more global disability than any other medical condition.
Researchers analyzed information from 117 studies on back pain and 780 estimates of back pain burden from more than 80 countries. They concluded that one in 10 individuals worldwide suffers from back pain.
The researchers assessed the damage inflicted by lower back pain in terms of disability adjusted life years (DALYs), which combines the number of years of life lost from early death and the number of years spent living in pain. They found that lower back pain ranked the highest in terms of years lost from disability and sixth in terms of DALYs.
But our experts say that the most effective treatment is often free. Exercise can dramatically reduce back pain.
"A sedentary lifestyle is certainly a big contributor to back pain related disability," Dr. Jason Sorg, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Community Physician Network. "Exercise has shown to be helpful related to managing back pain and even preventative in some instances." continue reading ...