Spinal pain which includes neck and back pain is a common health problem affecting all age groups (1,2,3). When it becomes chronic, pain decreases the quality of life by having a negative effect on both private and professional life, and is also associated with a high level of morbidity (4). Do you or a loved one experience spinal pain? This is an important article that could make the world of difference to you.
“On average, patients suffering from spine pain will incur 73% higher health care costs, with much of the cost going towards improper management” (5,6)
The cause of spinal pain in young people is unclear with varying directions for physical, psychological, and social factor associations (7). It may include things such as sports, postural stress, study stress and technological habits that is prevalent among the young. Spinal pain can limit physical activity for the younger population, which has numerous long term consequences (8).
In recent research literature, looking at chiropractic management of young people aged between 10-24 years of age for spinal pain, it was demonstrated that there were statistically and clinically significant improvements on the numeric rating scale. So chiropractic care may be a viable management for spinal pain for young people, though further studies would help to substantiate these findings.
If you want to find out if chiropractic may help manage spinal pain for you or your loved ones, have a chat with one of our chiropractors to see how they can assist.
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2. Schneider M, Murphy D, Hartvigsen J. Spine Care as a Framework for the Chiropractic Identity. J Chiropr Humanit [Internet]. 2016 Dec [cited 2018 Apr 6];23(1):14–21. A
3. Hartvigsen J, Hancock MJ, Kongsted A, Louw Q, Ferreira ML, Genevay S, et al. What low back pain is and why we need to pay attention. Lancet (London, England) [Internet]. 2018 Jun 9 [cited 2018 Oct 6];391(10137):2356–67.
4. Schopflocher D, Taenzer P, Jovey R. The prevalence of chronic pain in Canada. Pain Res Manag [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2019 Jan 31];16(6):445–50.
5. Martin BI, Deyo RA, Mirza SK, Turner JA, Comstock BA, Hollingworth W, et al. Expenditures and Health Status Among Adults With Back and Neck Problems. JAMA [Internet]. 2008 Feb 13 [cited 2018 Apr 6];299(6):656.
6. Deyo RA, Mirza SK, Turner JA, Martin BI. Overtreating chronic back pain: time to back off? J Am Board Fam Med [Internet]. 2009 Jan 1 [cited 2018 Apr 6];22(1):62–8.
7. Kamper SJ, Henschke N, Hestbaek L, Dunn KM, Williams CM. Musculoskeletal pain in children and adolescents. Brazilian J Phys Ther [Internet]. 2016 Feb 16 [cited 2019 Jan 17];20(3):275–84.
8. Manansala, C., Passmore, S., Pohlman, K., Toth, A. and Olin, G., 2019. Change in young people's spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 35, pp.301-307.
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