Entire subsets of the health/nutrition/wellness industries are devoted to certain bodily functions and processes. There are those focusing on digestive health, reproductive health and weight loss, just to name a few.
But how often do you think about back/spine health? Chances are that if your back is healthy and pain-free, you probably don’t pay much attention to it. But if you are among the many Americans living with a back injury or chronic back pain, the topic of back/spine health is probably near and dear to you.
Back pain and back injuries are common reasons that individuals need to be on Social Security disability. Depending on the specific injury and level/duration of pain, you may find it difficult or impossible to continue working, even if your job is not physically demanding.
According to a recent study, researchers have determined that lower back pain is the most prevalent cause of disability worldwide. After studying data on approximately 291 medical conditions, researchers discovered that lower back pain ranked highest in a measure of years lost to disability. Low back pain afflicts nearly one in 10 people across the globe.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, these study results may be of some comfort and reassurance that you are not alone. However, the results also suggest that alleviation and management of back pain may soon become an even higher priority for medical researchers in light of the fact that it is so prevalent. Hopefully, effective treatment options are on the horizon.
In the meantime, your chronic back pain or injury may not be allowing you to work. If that’s the case, please contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney to see if you may be eligible to receive SSD benefits.
Source: Medical News Today, “Low back pain is number 1 cause of disability worldwide,” March 25, 2014