World Spine Care is a global charity on a mission to improve lives in under-served communities. Its mission is to improve lives in underserved communities through sustainable, integrated, evidence-based, spine care.
Why is this so important?
- More than a billion people in the world today experience spine-related disabilities.
- The greatest burden of disability worldwide is attributed to neck and back pain combined.
- It disproportionately affects women, the elderly, rural communities and lower-income countries
- Spinal pain contributes more to the global burden of disease (including death and disability) than: HIV, diabetes, malaria, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, breast and lung cancer combined, traffic injuries, and lower respiratory infections.
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. World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and wellbeing.
The theme for this year’s World Spine Day is “Get Spine Active” (#getspineactive). We’ve often heard the phrase ‘movement is medicine’ and keeping your spine mobile while staying active helps to maintain flexibility and prevent back pain. With over 60 joints in your spine, it’s important that they function properly so the spine can keep you upright while protecting your spinal cord and nerves.
As we get older, we all suffer from wear and tear changes, so are subject to aches and pains from time to time. But this doesn’t mean you need to stop moving – it means quite the opposite! Doing daily exercise and movements to keep your spine functioning properly may help to prevent joints from getting creaky and painful. Additionally, we offer alternatives, for many walks of life.
This World Spine Day, make sure you #getspineactive. Look out for activities being organised near you or visit www.worldspineday.org to find out how to organize one of your own!