World Spine Day- 16th October 2019
Due to sedentary lifestyle and prolonged sitting working hours, there is sudden rise in the incidences of spinal problems among youth which was once considered as an age related ailment.
According to a recent study, every fifth Indian in the age group of 30-40 is suffering from some type of spinal problem. There has been 60% rise in spinal related morbidities among the younger generation of the country from the last decade.
“Incorrect ergonomics at the workplace is one of the primary reasons for developing spinal problems among young professionals. It adds huge amount of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs. Slouched positions can over stretch spinal ligaments and strain the spinal discs causing severe pain and can lead to severe complications if left untreated. Backbone and spinal problems were common among the elder population but now due sedentary lifestyle and poor sitting posture have led youngsters to visit the consultants which is a great matter of concern.” Said Dr Satnam Singh Chabhra
Approximately upto 95% of patient with low back pain do not require any special diagnosis test during the first month of symptoms. There are few red flag signs like ruptured disks which suggest serious underlying conditions and if a person is experiencing the same then it requires an evaluation on urgent basis.
“It’s disappointing that most of us just accept the pain as a normal part of life instead of identifying and eliminating the root cause of the problem. Back or neck pain should not be neglected. Early treatment can solve the pain and the root cause of the problem within a short span of time providing complete recovery. Risk of surgeries can be avoided with early diagnosis and proper treatment helping a person live a better life without any complication” Added Dr satnam
However, by maintaining active lifestyle such as performing regular exercises and following safe practices while sitting and bending, most of the spinal problems can be prevented.