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More people suffer back pain

11th April 2008

The results of a new study by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) suggests that many Britons are having problems with back pain.


Information released by the BCA showed that over half - 52% - of the population in the UK reported that they had "suffered from back pain" in the last year.

This figure has risen by 5%, as only 47% said they had back pain in 2007. The data also revealed that nearly a quarter - 23% - stated that they had been suffering from back pain for a decade or longer.

The main cause of painful backs was bad posture. Over one in 20 people who said they had back pain stated that they needed to have over six months off work due to the problem.

The BCA's Tim Hutchful said the numbers of people suffering from back pain was rising at "an alarming rate" in the UK and Europe. He identified that bad posture was the "main culprit."

"This study highlights what a detrimental effect back pain can have on people’s lives. The major thing it prevents people from doing is exercise - adding to our increasing sedentary lifestyles, " he said.

He added that problems with sleep appeared as "a top three problem in almost all of the countries...it really is affecting every aspect of our lives."

The Arthritis Research Campaign's spokesperson said physical activity was crucial in helping to treat back problems, rather than rest.

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