Low Back pain: One of top 10 causes of disability worldwide

by / Wednesday, 27 January 2016 /

In the pantheon of human aches, pains and killer diseases, few might think back pain merits much attention. But, in fact, lower back pain ranks above diabetes and heart disease worldwide when measured according to a common health metrics yardstick known as Years Lived with Disability (YLDs).

Low back pain may seem like a problem worth worrying about only in affluent countries, and it is indeed a popular topic in Western media and for advertising.

Yet consider how much more important a healthy back is to those living and working in the developing world. Most of the world’s poor make their meager living through physical labor such as subsistence farming. Lower back pain is not just an inconvenience; it may mean the difference between eating or going hungry, a healthy or sick child, even life or death.

This measure of health problems called YLDs, years lived with disability, quantifies the impact of health issues that impair mobility, hearing, or vision, or cause pain in some way but aren’t usually or directly fatal.

In most developed countries, low back pain is responsible for the highest rate of YLDs – above diabetes, near-sightedness, heart disease, asthma, or mental health disorders. In most developing countries, low back pain is one of the five most important nonfatal conditions. And in Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Mozambique, Nepal, and Nigeria, low back pain is the leading disabling condition.

Low back pain keeps people awake at night everywhere in the world, from Brazil to Zambia. In fact, low back pain was in the top 10 causes of disability in every country in 2013. Integrity Life Sciences delivers a multitude of orthotic treatment options to address one of the most costly systemic ailments in the world, chronic low back and neck pain. Our advanced solution begins with the Integrity Spinal Care System (ISCS). Our ISCS non-surgical spinal decompression therapy systems are engineered to provide pain relief for compressive and degenerative conditions of the spine. Specifically, conditions that may be treated include: neck pain and back pain associated with herniated discs, protruding discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica. It achieves these effects through decompression of intervertebral discs.

As a compliment to the ISCS, Integrity offers the very effective Integrity Gel Support Brace. Our advanced lumbar support brace is a fitting compliment to non-surgical spinal decompression therapy and was designed as an adjunct therapy for those suffering from back pain due to disc related conditions. The Integrity Gel Support Brace may be used with or without Integrity’s non-surgical spinal decompression systems and is an excellent treatment option for the patient to use at home.

In addition, Integrity Life Sciences has been exclusively granted the use of all of the technology, products, US Patent and Trademark Office’s assignments, logos and other forms of intellectual property that were created by Axiom Worldwide, Inc. The agreement specifically includes the flagship product DRX 9000, its family of products, and all of its derivatives such as the DRX9000C. Integrity offers support for these products, which includes: sales, maintenance services, and repairs. James Gibson is the President and founder of Axiom Worldwide, the inventor of the DRX 9000 and Integrity Life Sciences, the creator of the ISCS in Tampa, Florida, USA.

Read more: www.IntegrityLifeSciences.com or www.AxiomWorldwide.com

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