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World Spine Day – October 16, 2016

World Spine Day – October 16

Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together on World Spine Day to raise awareness about spinal disorders as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week. You can GET INVOLVED!

Millions of people in all continents of the world suffer with spinal disorders. These can include low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name but a few. Spinal pain and disability can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, sometimes preventing them from working or even doing simple daily activities.

Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are major contributors to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders. According to the World Health Organization, one in four adults is not active enough and over 80% of adolescent population is not active enough.

The World Spine Day (WSD) theme for 2016 is Straighten Up and Move .  We want to highlight the importance of physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury.