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Studies show that more than 840 million people worldwide will be living with back pain by 2050.

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After analyzing more than 30 years of data from more than 200 countries, it warns that the world is approaching a health crisis due to the rise in back pain, which is already the leading cause of disability worldwide.

By 2050, more than 840 million people will suffer from back pain. A study that analyzed more than 30 years of data concluded that the aging rate of the population is to blame, among other things. At least one of the cases studied was associated with occupational factors, smoking habits, and overweight.

The analysis presented in Lancet rheumatology Researchers also highlight their concerns about the limitations of treating these conditions, as back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and a possible health crisis.

They detailed that the most affected continents would be Asia and Africa, highlighting Australia, where they expect the number of cases to increase by almost 50% by the forecast date. They also emphasized that these primarily affect older people and tend to affect women more than men.

Professor Manuela Ferreira, University of Sydney and Colling Institute, Sydney, said: We need to establish a national and consistent approach to research-based back pain management. “

The study, in collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, School of Medicine, analyzed data from 204 countries over a 30-year period from 1990 to 2020 (although more generous information from high-income earners was available). has made it clear). University of Washington and Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health.

“Today, our response to back pain is reactive,” Ferreira said, calling on health systems around the world to lead prevention policies. On the other hand, WHO Director General Dr. Alarcos Cieza warned, “These situations have important social and economic implications, especially considering the cost of treatment.” Now is the time to learn and act on effective strategies for coping with the heavy burden. “

Source: Biobiochile

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