Thanks to a sedentary life and lack of exercises, backache is becoming one of the most common ailments among the young population. According to a survey released by QI Spine Clinic, 20 percent of the people with back and neck issues in India are in the 16 to 34 age group.  The survey included a sample of 20,000 patients from Bangaluru, Delhi, Pune and Mumbai. People tend to neglect the condition and this results in chronic conditions. The treatment rate for women is just 46 percent as compared to men’s 54 percent. As per the survey, New Delhi has the number of youngsters opting for back pain treatment. Many people also try alternative treatment options for spine problems but most of them are unsuccessful. To raise the awareness about spine health and disorder, October 16 is celebrated as World Spine Day across the world. Many events are organized to celebrate the day. On World Spine Day 2017, we asked some of the frequently asked questions about spine health to Dr Garima Anandani, P.T, Clinical Director, QI Spine Clinic and here are the answers.

What are the precautions one must take to keep the spine healthy?

Contrary to popular belief, sitting and resting can be harmful to your spine health. Staying active & moving more can help improve blood circulation to your spine.

Stretch and walk every 20 minutes to help prevent spine problems. If you experience frequent back or neck pain, do not neglect it as it can progress to more serious conditions and can also leave patients severely disabled. Consulting a Specialized Spine Physiotherapist or Spine Rehabilitation expert can help patients address their problem sooner lowering the risk of surgery.

What are the commonly seen spine related issues?

Herniated Disc (commonly known as a slipped disc) and disc bulge are the most common conditions. Almost 76% patients we see have these conditions. Most patients also complain of lower back pain.

What are the common methods of treatment for backaches?

Patients opt for painkillers, conventional physiotherapy and many are even advised surgery. These methods are often not successful and the pain returns. European & American Global medical guidelines recommend Spine Rehabilitation as an effective approach to treat back & neck pain. With the latest technology and an expert team of Specialized Spine Physiotherapists, we have helped prevent 5160 surgeries.

Can you suggest some tips to correct our sitting posture?

Sitting is the new smoking. Sitting for long hours is not recommended. Most people spend 10 hours of their day sitting. The recommended limit is 5 hours. Here are few things you can do to minimize the effect of sitting on your spine.

Take frequent breaks and move more

Use a high table and try standing as much as you can

When sitting, ensure you maintain the S shape of your spine (You can either choose a chair which has a curvature or use a lumbar roll for support)

Maintain a 90% angle between the knee and your thighs when seated. This can be done by adjusting the height of your chair

A chair with an armrest is recommended

Does wearing heels cause back problems? If yes, what can we do to minimize the effect?

Pencil heels can increase the lordosis of the spine and put excess load on your spine. Heels are not recommended for people with spine problems. Wedge or platform heels are a better option than pencil heels as they provide more support.

Your comment about spine health

The key to ending back pain is getting the right help at the right time. Delay in treatment leaves 56% with some form of severe disability. Most patients ignore their pain for more than 7 weeks and those who do take action try other unsuccessful treatments before they opt for Spine Rehabilitation. Our effective treatment methods have seen a success rate of 90% and are medically proven to be more effective than traditional forms of treatment.