I mentioned a couple of years ago that back pain had become the #1 cause of disability not just in the U.S. but in the world, and shared an article.
Here a more recent analysis of the same data, published in Lancet, June 7, 2015, highlights further the implications for our future.
35,620 sources of data were looked at and among other things they looked at the “years lived with disability (YLD)”.
“The transition to non-fatal outcomes as the dominant sure of burden of disease is occurring rapidly outside os sub-Saharan Africa and will require more and more attention from health systems. Premature death rates are in decline… but the death toll has been replaced by a colossal disability burden. Leading cause of disability in order: Low-back pain, …”. (depression was #2, neck pain #4, anxiety #6, migraines #7, and falls were #9). Lifestyle & age-related conditions are exerting a greater toll with “startling increases” in health loss from diabetes (it was #8), Alzheimer’s disease, osteoarthritis, etc. (Emphasis mine.)
One of the authors says that their findings are “a call to arms for policy makers to put more priority on keeping older people active, diagnosing & treating diseases more quickly and finding new ways of reducing suffering.” (Emphasis mine.)
What does proper chiropractic care and exercise do?
It keeps people active!!
(Notes from the August 22-23, 2015 Applying Cutting-Edge Research to Everyday Practice seminar by Dr. Malik Slosberg, D.C., M.S.) There are 132 pages of research excerpts and a an 11 page addendum current as of “Thursday” included. This is me sharing them with you:-)