Overall NICE estimates that, with the right care and support including manual care, a third of people with arthritic knees get better and another third get no worse. But the prognosis is still seen as rather hopeless by many doctors.’
The latest recommendations are part of the increasing evidence supporting the use of chiropractic care as part of a preventative approach. This year’s theme for World Spine Day is “Straighten Up and Move,” focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good joint and overall health.
Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week. Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc degeneration, to name a few are common, and they can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, impacting a person’s ability to work, to enjoy everyday activities and even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.
Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of joint dysfunction, back pain, neck pain and other spinal disorders.
- Up to 80% of people will suffer from back or neck pain during their lives.
- A large number of people have signs of joint degeneration years before the onset of any symptoms at all.
- 50% of the working population will experience back or neck pain symptoms at least once per year.
- Activities such as sitting for long periods, repetitive lifting and farming can increase the risk of spinal pain. Stress is also a significant factor.
- 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.
- Back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by the common cold.
For more information on the Straighten Up New Zealand Campaign visit www.straightenup.org.nz
For more information on the global initiative visit the World Spine Day website at www.worldspineday.org
For more information about the Bone and Joint Decade visit www.chiropractic.org.nz
Dr Hayden Thomas, Chiropractor 027 299 9939
Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the New Zealand Chiropractor’s Association: The New Zealand Chiropractor’s Association (NZCA) was founded in the 1930’s. It is a voluntary, self-regulating, supervisory body serving both the chiropractic profession and the public of New Zealand. The purpose of the NZCA is to maintain professional standards, liaise with various government and health bodies, and to be a professional voice for chiropractic.