World Spine Day>You can join in the celebration of World Spine Day 2020 on October 16. This annual day of spinal health recognition highlights the burden of spinal pain and disabilities experienced worldwide. This year’s theme, “Back on Track,” focuses on getting people back on the right track to revitalize their spines to restore spinal health and overall well-being. Health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren, and patients will celebrate #BackOnTrack on every continent.

Spinal pain, which is the most significant cause of disabilities worldwide, affects people of all ages. Dedicated spinal health professionals do not exist in many communities. Even in high-income countries, back pain affects millions of people, putting an enormous amount of pressure on the economy.

Since 2012, the World Federation of Chiropractic has been coordinating World Spine Day with organizations worldwide. October 16 marks the ninth annual World Spine Day, and the organization is counting on communities to join together to raise awareness around the prevention and management of spinal conditions. World Spine Day has more than 600 official organizational supporters worldwide. To help celebrate this initiative, governments, communities, organizations, associations, health professionals, and anyone interested in spinal pain and disabilities are encouraged to get involved in various types of special events.

This year, due to challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, lockdown restrictions have led to a lack of physical activity, making people more susceptible to spinal pain and disabilities. The World Federation of Chiropractic uses World Spine Day to provide a forum for ongoing discussion about best practices and to promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.

This year, while Parker University students cannot host in-person, on-campus World Spine Day events due to COVID-19 regulations, they will still have the opportunity to submit images on social media using #ParkerSpineDay to demonstrate how they recognize this important day. Parker University encourages others to also use this hashtag to show support for World Spine Day.

Regardless of the current circumstances and restrictions our communities face, everyone can commit to getting their spinal health back on track this year! For additional resources and to learn more about World Spine Day, visit worldspineday.org.

About Parker University

Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic). Today, Parker University has more than 1,800 students and 34 academic programs, including its famed chiropractic program, as well as master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, strength and human performance, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world.