“Your Back at Work”- World Spine Day 2015
Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week. The World Spine Day (WSD) theme for 2015 is “Your Back at Work”, focusing on the importance of education related to good spinal health and prevention of injuries in the workplace – help promote WSD by sharing a “spine selfie” of “Your Back at Work”!
Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name a few are common, and they can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health.
Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.
- Back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons for workplace sick leave.
- 50% of the working population will experience back or neck pain symptoms at least once per year.
- In a recent study low back pain ranked as one of the most “disabling” conditions and sixth in terms of usage of health funding
To help mark World Spine Day, participating health care providers and organizations around the world are encouraged to plan special events focusing on education on “Your Back at Work”! Please refer to “Resources” tab for the WSD Toolkit and other relevant educational materials to help you get started!
Photos used on the World Spine Day website and in the World Spine Day Toolkit are courtesy of Bone and Joint Decade, British Chiropractic Association, Dr. Ron Kirk, Sophie Deschamps, World Federation of Chiropractic and World Spine Care.