24 September 2012
New British-based research has led to the suggestion that a primary cause of backache could be a person's genes.
It has long been regarded that chronic lower backache is primarily a result of lumbar disc generation (LDD).
However, a team of experts led by Frances Williams, genetic epidemiologist at King's College London, have now identified a new gene implicated in back degeneration called PARK2.
The gene was discovered, rather ironically, while the researchers were looking for signs of LDD in back scans of some 4,600 people and could pave the way for new forms of treatment for backache.
Ms Williams commented to the Daily Telegraph: "The impact of hereditary (genetic) factors on LDD is remarkably high. In the 70s and 80s the Scandinavians spent millions looking for all the occupations which caused back pain (sic), but they couldn't find them."
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, eight in ten people will suffer from backache at some time during their lives.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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