Back Pain Is Officially the World's Biggest Health Problem

Back pain is officially the world's biggest health problem. 

Why It Matters: 

540 million people worldwide live with back pain, The Guardian reports. It's such a real pain that it's considered the world's main cause of disability. 


Back pain can be connected to trauma, too. A recent study uncovered that sometimes back pain can mask traumatic experiences for the person who experiences the pain. 

And as the opioid crisis grows, officials are noting how chronic back pain sufferers are at risk for opioid abuse and even overdose. 

What To Do: 

But stabilizing the core with stretching and yoga poses can help increase mobility and flexibility in the low back. Visiting a doctor to ask about your back pain and requesting an MRI could be the ultimate way to check your pain or injury. 

What questions do you have about back pain? Comment below and we'll keep the conversation going!

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