Low back pain, the second most common reason people seek medical attention after common cold has assumed alarming portions in today’s world. India record tens of millions of such cases every year. Dr Sanjeev Kumar, a senior neurosurgeon consultant said excessive use of mobile phones is one of the major reasons. “What’s most worrying is the fact that a disease which was more common in aged population has become more common in younger population with its immense financial implications. In India approximately 10 million people is affected with this disease annually in one form or another,”said Dr. Kumar.
He raised this alarm at a function organized at Sanjeevani hospital in Jasola New Delhi. Dr Kumar says our sedentary life style, obesity, wrong dietary habits, lack of regular exercises, inappropriate postures, excessive stress, use of mobile phones and lack of awareness in society are believed to be some of the most important reasons for this.
“Most cases of low back pain can be easily managed with the changes in life style, adopting correct posture, rest, use of medications and ointments. At the same time, there are certain symptoms where we must take expert help to avoid long term complications and also at times life threatening conditions”, Dr Kumar added. Explaining the red flag signs, he said pain that radiates down to the legs, weakness of lower limbs , lack of control over urination which has appeared suddenly, a pain that hasn’t subsided on medication, any associated symptoms like fever, unexplained weight loss etc warrants early expert consultation.
The senior consultant said ssometimes the spine pain may be the tell tale symptom of underlying serious problems inside. Eexperts undertake series of tests to diagnose the disease correctly and start the timely treatment for better outcomes. Technology undeniably makes our lives easier. However, the increasing dependence on gadgets often has negative effects on our back which tend to go unnoticed. Long hours at a computer, excessive smartphone use, and very little physical exercise are making this a generation spending their days in pain.
Dr Kumar emphasised the younger generation to adopt healthier life style to avoid lifelong sufferings and to achieve better quality of life. He said small lifestyle changes can offer immediate relief.