Almost everyone will have low back pain at some point in their lives. It can affect anyone at any age, and it is increasing—disability due to back pain has risen by more than 50% since 1990.
Low back pain is becoming more prevalent in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) much more rapidly than in high-income countries. The cause is not always clear, apart from in people with, for example, malignant disease, spinal malformations, or spinal injury.
Treatment varies widely around the world, from bed rest, mainly in LMICs, to surgery and the use of dangerous drugs such as opioids, usually in high-income countries.
”Focusing on key principles, such as the need to reduce unnecessary health care for low back pain, support people to be active and stay at work, and reform unhelpful patient clinical pathways and reimbursement models, could guide next steps..”
A patient sent me this great article about “text neck” that was posted in the New York Times.
I have been telling patients for years that looking down at your cell phones all day can cause neck and upper back pain. There’s a name for pain from using cell phone and computers: Text Neck.
The average human head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and when we bend our neck to text or check Facebook, the gravitational pull on our head and the stress on our neck increases to as much as 60 pounds of pressure. That common position, pervasive among everyone from paupers to presidents, leads to incremental loss of the curve of the cervical spine. “Text neck” is becoming a medical issue that countless people suffer from, and the way we hang our heads has other health risks, too, according to a report published last year in The Spine Journal.
Cell phone can cause more than neck pain. It can affect one’s mood and interferes with manners.
That “always-on” behavior that smartphones contribute to causes us to remove ourselves from our reality, experts said. And aside from the health consequences, if we’re head down, our communication skills and manners are slumped, too. But, ironically, that might not be how most of us see ourselves.
Posture can also effect the serotonin levels. Serotonin is the feel good brain neurotransmitters. Anti- depressant s have an effect on serotonin levels. There has been studies that show sitting up with good posture can help people feel better.
Your mom and Dr. Steve were right. Sit up with your shoulders back. Make an appointment with Dr. Steve to get adjusted and receive some great advice on posture.