Centro de la columna Vertebral: June 25th, 2019
Find out in this article if back pain can affect men more. Even though pain perception is different in each person, it has been shown that it can be related mostly to the male gender. This information is based on several factors, such as: the social and cultural environment, age and the activities performed.
Statistically speaking, a study carried out in Barcelona found that 20 % of men had back pain, compared to the 10 % of women. This due to: obesity, posture and physical activity.
Age plays an important role in pain, since as getting older, pain is mistakenly seen as “something natural” secondary to the aging process.
These symptoms are sometimes underestimated by family members who consider it as an attempt to “get attention or be accepted”.
In addition, pain becomes accepted to a certain extent, as “gender norms” state that the male gender “must endure more pain”. .
It is important to mention that there are pathologies specific to the male gender, such as prostate cancer, which can generate bone metastases, and which can be one of the causes of chronic back pain.
In a study using Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS), results showed that reactions to pain are not related to gender, but on how long the pain has been present.
It is here where going to a medical assessment becomes noteworthy, since is always important to identify the causes that generate it as well as to make a full diagnosis supported by diagnostic aids, such as magnetic resonance.
It is important to take part in men’s health care, especially from middle age.
Among the activities recommended by that the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to maintain their resistance, flexibility and strength are:
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