Find Out If You’ll Die EARLY? #1 Detection Method – Prevention Tips & Tricks For Everyone

By on March 27, 2017
Have back pain? You’re not alone: Nearly 700 million people worldwide also suffer from some type of back pain.

Despite how common it is, however, researchers now say its impact on your quality of life isn’t the only thing you should worry about.

In research led by scientists from the University of Sydney, it reveals that older adults suffering from chronic back pain were 13 percent more likely to die from any cause. However, researchers stress they do not know why this is occurring–though they suspect that back pain is related to poor functional ability, and subsequently, a reduced quality of life.

“Our study found that compared to those without spinal pain (back and neck), a person with spinal pain has a 13 per cent higher chance of dying every year,” says Paulo Ferreira, a physiotherapy researcher from the University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences. “Spinal pain may be part of a pattern of poor health and poor functional ability, which increases mortality risk in the older population.”

The Research

The study, which appears in the European Journal of Pain, drew data from the Danish Cause of Death Registry, which hosted data from Danish twins older than 70.

Working from a sample of 4,391 adults, they determined how many of them suffered from back pain; from there, they also examined how many of them died prematurely from any cause.

They found that, when factoring in back pain, their mortality risk increased by 13 percent. They did not necessarily die from back-related issues, however.  Because the research did not explore what was triggering this increase, scientists cannot say for certain what the actual issue is.

That’s a big concern for researchers.

“With a rapidly growing aging population, spinal health is critical in maintaining older age independence, highlighting the importance of spinal pain in primary health care as a presenting symptom,” says Dr. Matthew Fernandez, lead author of the study. “Back pain should be recognised [sic] as an important co-morbidity that is likely to impact people’s longevity and quality of life.”

So what does this mean for people with back pain? While researchers don’t have a clear recommendation, they do say managing back pain is vital for enhancing a person’s quality of life. While surgery and medications can help with that, their first recommendation is increased physical activity.

“Medications are mostly ineffective, surgery usually does not offer a good outcome–the best treatment for low back is a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity. People need to get moving,” says Ferreira.

So if you haven’t yet, get moving; the best cure for back pain is to stay active.

Readers: Have you dealt with chronic back pain before?

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