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The ‘bad back’ is a global phenomenon
Local Worthing chiropractor, Jan Olsen DC, comments on the latest report on muscle and joint disease.
In a very comprehensive study that the Lancet published last month (The Global Burden of Disease 2012), conditions of the muscles and joints were found to be affecting 1.7 billion people. This represents an increase of 45 percent over the past 20 years. Back and neck pain sufferers alone account for close to 1 billion people raising fears over the potential physical and economic impact.
The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (GAMH) is a powerful organisation influencing health care policies worldwide. It is pushing to keep people moving and to reduce the effect of disability caused by musculoskeletal conditions by prioritising these in policy making and by encouraging the diversion of resources. The British Chiropractic Association is an affiliate of GAMH and the association’s president comments “The figures for the incidence of back and neck pain are very worrying and demonstrate the fundamental global impact that these problems are creating. This mirrors the situation in the UK as demonstrated in regular consumer research commissioned on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association. Patients are telling us that back and neck pain is having a significant impact on all aspects of their daily lives. Chiropractors have particular expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of back and neck pain and offer a package of care as recommended by NICE in Clinical Guideline 88, The Management of Low Back Pain”.
Without trying to scaremonger, these figures are truly astonishing. Is it not about
time that the various healthcare disciplines dealing with musculoskeletal conditions
got together to form a united front? It is obvious that the healthcare system as
it stands is struggling to cope with uncomplicated acute and chronic muscle and joint
disease. In many GP surgeries too much time is spent dishing out repeat prescriptions
of painkillers and anti-
You have obviously found us, so why not contact us to arrange a free assessment on
01903 230066? This will provide you with the opportunity to meet me or my colleague
Ian to discuss your symptoms in more detail and understand the treatment that we
can provide, answering any questions that you may have. We have years of experience
and we have helped 1000’s of people to get back on their feet, improving their well-
We look forward to seeing you.