Those with back pain 'could suffer money woes in retirement'

2 February 2012

Individuals who have undergone an operation to cure their back pain but still end up having to retire early are likely to have to face up to money issues.

This is the key finding of a new University of Sydney study, which details that back problems are not the only pain which people will have to deal with in their older years.

According to the research - published in the January issue of Pain - people with back pain are more likely to retire early than those with any other health issue in the workplace.

However, the Australian researchers pointed out that this decision means that many individuals are left with a long-term financial capacity to stretch over their retirement.

University of Sydney professor Deborah Schofield, the study's lead investigator, explained: "Relative to those who retired early due to other health problems, there are more than twice as many people who have retired early due to back problems who are estimated to have no savings by the time they reach the traditional retirement age of 65."

Adam Dallison, a registered osteopath and inventor of PosturePlast, recently advised that people who have good posture have a better chance of avoiding back pain over their lifetime.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Schofield, Kelly et al. "The impact of back problems on retirement wealth". Pain. January 2012.

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