World Spine Day, October 16 each year, is a global day of action to highlight the burden of spinal pain and disability and promote optimum spinal health. The theme for this year’s World Spine Day (#worldspineday) is “Back on Track” (#backontrack).

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in lockdown measures that have restricted people’s ability to undertake physical activity and keep mobile. Working from home has led to increased reports of back and neck pain. World Spine Day’s 2020 campaign will emphasize how people can get “Back on Track”, re-energize themselves with healthy spine habits and restore their activity levels.

Back pain is the largest single cause of years lived with disability. Proper prevention and ensuring a healthy spine – made up of 24 separate vertebrae and over 60 joints – is therefore of paramount importance. Evidence supports regular movement and activity so that the spine can function properly, keeping you upright and protecting your spinal cord and nerves.

Spinal pain and disability can affect everyone throughout the life course, from children through to the elderly. Whether you’re 9 or 90, spine care is important for health and well being. While aches and pains are a natural accompaniment to getting older, this does not mean we should stop moving – in fact, the evidence tells us that physical activity is one of the most important ways we can look after our spines. Daily exercise and simple measures to keep your spine functioning properly often help to prevent joints from getting creaky and painful.

This World Spine Day, let’s all commit to getting our spines Back on Track!

About World Spine Day
Taking place on October 16 each year, World Spine Day has become a focus in raising awareness of back pain and other spinal issues. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren, and patients taking part, World Spine Day is celebrated on every continent.

World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and wellbeing. Promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions will all be featured as people are encouraged to look after their spines and stay active.

With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering from back pain, it affects all age groups, from children to the elderly. It is the largest single cause of disability on the planet, with one in four adults estimated to suffer from back pain during their lives. Prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day campaign will be encouraging people to take steps to get back on track with their spinal health.

Populations in under-served parts of the world often have no access to conventional healthcare resources to care for spinal pain and disability. Dedicated spinal health professionals do not exist in many parts of the world, so education and self-help are key. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts many millions of people, resulting in an enormous burden on industry and the economy.

Organized by the World Federation of Chiropractic, World Spine Day has over 600 official organizational supporters worldwide. More information about how to get involved is available at www.worldspineday.org , on Twitter (@world_spine_day), Instagram (@worldspineday), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WorldSpineDay2019/).

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