History of WSD
Since 2012, we have been coordinating World Spine Day in collaboration with organizations around the world. This October 16, 2018 will mark the seventh official World Spine Day and we’re calling on people and organizations around the world to join together to raise awareness around the prevention and effective management of spinal conditions.
World Spine Day has become a focus in raising awareness of back pain and other spinal issues. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients all taking part, #LoveYourSpine will be celebrated on every continent.
With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering from back pain, it affects all age groups, from children to the elderly. It is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet, with one in four adults estimated to suffer from back pain during their lives. Prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.
Populations in under-serviced parts of the world often have no access to conventional healthcare resources to care for spinal pain and disability. Often relying on traditional healers, even those who are seen in hospital are often only given anti-inflammatory medication. Dedicated spinal health professionals do not exist in many parts of the world, so education and self-help is key. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts many millions of people, resulting in an enormous impact on industry and the economy.
The aims of WSD:
- Raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders to individuals, communities, professionals and all stakeholders associated with spine care;
- To provide a forum for ongoing discussion about the burden of spinal disorders and the sharing of best practices; and
- To promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.