Is back pain killing us?

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Chronic back pain is a huge problem for many people. It can be hard to fix or even to treat without heavy duty meds. It takes over some people’s lives. This talks about the ramifications that could be going with it. If you suffer from back pain this is something you’ll want to see.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 600,000 older Australians who suffer from back pain have a 13 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause, University of Sydney research has found.
  • “Back pain should be recognised as an important co-morbidity that is likely to impact people’s longevity and quality of life.”
  • Few studies have examined the potential reduced life expectancy associated with spinal pain in an ageing population, particularly after controlling for familial factors, including genetics.

“Our study found that compared to those without spinal pain (back and neck), a person with spinal pain has a 13 per cent higher chance of dying every year. This is a significant finding as many people think that back pain is not life-threatening”

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