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Lower Back Pain Leads To Disability: Study

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In a new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journal it is said low back pains likely to lead to disability. It says the overall impact of the condition increases with age.

The authors of the finding said in coming decades the number of people to be suffering with lower back pain will increase in the low and middle income countries.
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The study is based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 data that says the ageing populations throughout the world are increasing.

Researchers looked at the prevalence, duration, remission, incidence, and risk of death in 117 published studies covering 47 countries associated with lower back pain.

Five countries were also surveyed by the researchers to know the impact of acute and severe chronic lower back pain either with the leg pain or without it. They also looked at the data from national health surveys.

Researchers finally assessed the toll too that was cause due to low back pain in terms of disability adjusted life years (DALYs).

From the studies of 291 countries it was found the lower back pain topped in terms of years lost to disability, and it was sixth in terms of disability adjusted life years.

In 12 of the 21 world regions the low back pain ranked as the greatest contributor to disability. It was also found to be the greatest contributor to the overall burden in Australasia and Western Europe.

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