Every fall, World Spine Day is observed by countless health professionals and public organizations, like Parker University, devoted to delivering the most critical information regarding spinal wellness and education. That is what Parker University is all about! This year, we are excited to celebrate the World Federation of Chiropractic’s World Spine Day, themed “Back 2 Back,” aimed at resetting and refocusing public attention on how vital it is to tune in to their spinal health.
On October 16, World Spine Day helps promote the importance of adequate physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting, healthy working conditions, and so much more. The unique day of recognition reveals the lack of access many people have to quality spine care and rehabilitation in under-served communities. This is something we can all put forth a little effort to help improve!
Chiropractic Back Facts – Did You Know?
- One billion people around the world suffer from spinal pain
- Spinal pain is the overall most significant cause of disability throughout the world.
- Experts estimate 80% of the population will experience back pain.
- 25% of U.S. adults report having lower back pain within the last three months.
- Back pain is the most common pain reported.
- Almost 14% of insured patients who received care for lower back pain were prescribed opioids.
- One in three people state that back pain impacts their everyday life.
- It is estimated that costs are reduced by 55% when introducing physical therapy before invasive treatment options.
Having access to proper long-term health management and back pain prevention is essential, but since dedicated spinal health professionals are not available in various parts of the world, helping people learn to self-manage their spinal condition is a great way to initiate beneficial change.
There are simple, easy, and healthy ways for people to help manage their spinal pain:
- stay mobile
- avoid physical inactivity
- do not overload your spine
- lose weight
- quit smoking
- try massage therapy
- take a yoga class
- be sure to stretch
How can you adjust and help your community recognize the significant impact back pain has on the world? More information about the World Federation of Chiropractic’s World Spine Day is available at worldspineday.org.