Researchers estimate that as many as 80% of population will experience back problem at some point in their life. We spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain.

“A series of groundbreaking papers from Australian and international researchers in The Lancet, warns that low back pain is a major health burden globally – across developed and developing nations – and that the current use of X-rays and scans, opioids, injections and surgery to investigate and treat the condition is useless, unnecessary and harmful.

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability globally – with more than 540 million people affected by activity-limiting low back pain at any one time. The burden from low back pain has doubled in the last 25 years, and the prevalence of the condition is expected to continue to increase with an aging and increasingly obese population.

According to three papers in Lancet, from an international team of experts led by Melbourne, Australia’s Monash University researcher, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, the burden from low back pain has reached a tipping point where the condition is growing rapidly, is poorly understood and is being mismanaged medically – at cost both to the patient and to the healthcare system. Low- and middle- income countries are already emulating the low-value care that is endemic in high-income countries.

Two of the three papers outline the breadth and impact of low back pain globally, how medical care is making the problem worse in both developed and developing countries, and promising solutions that need testing. The final paper in the series, by lead author Professor Buchbinder, is a Worldwide Urgent Global Call to Act”

My goal is to teach you how to recognize the problem and act on it to prevent it from exhalating.

I will be presenting this coming Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 3:00pm. For more details about the event, please see the Google Calendar, or Facebook.

I will be talking about:

  • What you can to do to prevent and relieve your own back pain? 
  • Myths and misconceptions  
  • Common causes of low back pain 
  • Should you get an MRI?  
  • Consequence of medical negligence and misinformation  

My presentation will start @ 3:00 pm and will not be too long as I do not want to bore you. I will be giving a brief overview of common findings, tips and solutions. 

The event is organized by Karate Klub Eagle and Mile Kljajic. It runs 11:00am-6:00pm. There will be a lot of workshops and healthy vegan food sampling which you might find useful if you are open to learning more about healthier lifestyle and what you can do to keep up with everyday challenges.

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References:

  1. Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. (2019). Global burden of low back pain – a consequence of medical negligence and misinformation. [online] Available at: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/news/latest/2018-articles/global-burden-of-low-back-pain-a-consequence-of-medical-negligence-and-misinformation [Accessed 16 Jan. 2019].
  2. Brinjikji, W., Luetmer, P., Comstock, B., Bresnahan, B., Chen, L., Deyo, R., Halabi, S., Turner, J., Avins, A., James, K., Wald, J., Kallmes, D. and Jarvik, J. (2014). Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 36(4), pp.811-816.

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