Spinal disorders can be caused by Poor posture, excessive weight and lack of physical activity 

postureHealthy posture and good lifestyle habits can prevent most cases of back pain and other spinal disorders

With highly improved technology, spine surgery has become much safer and effective today; so have diagnostic procedures

Patna. Do you know that a large number of cases of back ache and other spinal disorders such as ruptured disc can be avoided if one adopts a good posture and regular exercise in his/her daily life?

As we observe World Spine Day, doctors and spine experts at Paras HMRI Hospital today underlined the fact that spine problems are among the most common reasons for hospital visits and healthy living habits can prevent many such disorders.

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October 16 is observed as World Spine Day every year when people from around the world join hands to raise awareness about spinal disorders.

“Spinal disorders are among the most common causes of hospital visits around the world. Most common spinal disorders include low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name a few. Spinal pain and disability can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, sometimes preventing them from working or even doing simple daily activities. Over 80 per cent of adults will suffer back pain at some point in their lives. 50% of the working population will experience back or neck pain symptoms at least once per year. Age is one of the most common risk factors for spinal pain, and the greatest effects of population ageing are predicted in low- and middle-income countries. Back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons for workplace sick leave,” said Dr. Gautam R. Prasad, Spine Surgeon, Paras HMRI Hospital, Patna, at a press conference on the occassion of World Spine Day.

The good aspect is that many of these common problems can be avoided by undertaking simple lifestyle changes and adopting healthy habits.

Poor posture and inactivity are major contributors to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.According to the World Health Organization, one in four adults is not active enough and over 80% of adolescent population is not active enough. In fact, the theme of World Spine Day (WSD) 2016 is “Straighten Up and Move”aimed at highlighting the importance of physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury.

Healthy posture and habits can help to maintain healthy back and healthy spine. Surgery is required in selective patients only else majority of spinal disorders can be managed by non surgical management under guidance of an experienced spine surgeon.

 “The good news is that 80- 90 % of the spine disorders can respond to life style changes, proper

Ergonomics and physiotherapy. It’s the remaining patients who require surgical intervention.

Non surgical managements include proper posture while sitting, reading, writing, lifting weight,

 using mobile etc. Regular walk, yoga, exercises, physical activities and sports help in

 maintaining a healthy spine. In fact, by maintaining a good posture and ensuring a daily

 physical exercise of at least 30 minutes can prevent a number of spinal problems.

Another important part of maintaining good spine health is controlling weight as excessive weight is among the leading causes of spinal injuries such as slipped disc.

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Vinod Kumar

Health Journalist & writer. Editor of monthly health magazine "Health Spectrum."

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