Sedentary lifestyles linked to rise in back pain in young people

30 July 2013

A growing number of young adults are being affected by back pain as a result of sedentary lifestyles and increasing levels of stress in childhood, experts have warned.

The charity BackCare says that more people in their 20s and 30s will be affected in the future, with the British Chiropractic Association already witnessing younger people with chronic back complaints, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Even young people who regularly engage in physical activity could be at risk if they also spend long periods of time sitting at university or work.

Adam al-Kashi, head of research and education at BackCare, told the news provider: "There are many pluses to modern life and technology, but the darker side is how it divorces us from the need to use our bodies and exert ourselves physically."

He said there is "certainly" a link between the demands placed on young people and rising levels of chronic back pain.

The expert also confirmed that regular gym sessions "will not entirely counter the effects of a sedentary lifestyle".

Figures from the charity suggest that back pain accounts for half of all chronic pain in the UK and is the main cause of sickness absence from work.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 

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