Seven in Ten Britons Live with Long-Term Back Pain
A new survey by the British Chiropractic Association has revealed that seven in ten Britons have lived with back or neck pain for more than a decade. The findings show that back pain has even forced just under three in ten people to take time off work.
The survey results also indicate why back pain is such a widespread issue – too many people aren’t doing what they can to take care of their back. Two fifths have never done anything at all to actively protect their back.
Many also tend to ignore back pain when it does occur. One in ten Britons admitted to experiencing back pain as a result of sitting in the same position for long periods, yet failing to take regular breaks from their position despite recognising the source of the pain. Only 7% go to see a professional when their back hurts, while two fifths rely on over-the-counter medications.
Experts stress that back pain should not be ignored and allowed to worsen. There are plenty of things you can do to get rid of it or at least reduce it. There are also steps you can take to prevent it.
“As modern lifestyles put increasing amount of strain on our backs and necks, it’s becoming even more important for people to take proactive measures to protect their back health,” says chiropractor Rishi Loatey. “Yet we are seeing more and more people who have been struggling with back pain for longer periods of time.”
He adds: “Prevention is always better than cure, and it’s encouraging that some people told us they are taking steps to maintain a healthy posture, including limiting the amount of time they spend on laptops. However, there are a number of other simple processes that people can incorporate into their daily routine to reduce the effect that back and neck pain can have on their everyday lives.”
Dr Loatey recommends taking regular breaks when sitting for long periods of time. He also says that simply walking regularly can have a real positive impact on your back.
If you are suffering from back pain, you can relieve it with over-the-counter painkillers and hot or cold compression packs. You may worry about doing certain things while experiencing back pain, but remaining active and continuing with your daily activities can actually help to ease it. You can recover from most cases of back pain on your own, but you should visit your GP if your back pain hasn’t improved by around six weeks.