Low back pain: main cause of work-related disability in Mexico

Centro de la columna Vertebral: February 07, 2019

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Dolor lumbar: principal causa de incapacidad laboral en México

Low back pain is one of the main causes of work-related disability in Mexico, along with irritable bowel syndrome and migraine. This can worsen with age and with different cultural factors, such as a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet.

What is low back pain?

Low back pain or lumbago is a non-localized back pain that can affect the lower back, the buttocks and even radiate to the legs. Many of its causes are unspecific: associated with muscle deterioration or weakness of the tissues that support the spine. It can also be a sign of a condition such as herniated disc, spondylolisthesis or the presence of cancerous tumors in the spine.

Why is it so common in Mexico?

Although there are different causes of low back pain, most cases are associated with poor eating habits and lack of physical activity. A sedentary lifestyle is very common among Mexicans: 73% of the population suffers from some degree of overweight and this directly impacts many aspects of life, including back problems. The greater the body weight, the greater the likelihood that the muscles and tissues that protect the spine (including its own components) will begin to weaken.

According to data from the IMSS (Mexican Institute of Social Security), from the age of 35 the main reasons for disability are diseases, not work accidents, among which are found: chronic low back pain, diabetes and cardio-pulmonary problems. Among all the conditions that can limit a person's professional activity, back pain is one of the most preventable and treatable if a timely medical diagnosis is received.

Avoid work-related disability, live without back pain

8 out of 10 Mexicans will experience acute or chronic back pain at some point in their lives. This may cause you slight discomfort or may take you away from your daily activities for a long time. In any case, receiving timely medical attention and following the treatment properly will prevent you from having more serious complications or sequelae.

Go to the CCV for a consultation

At Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have over 22 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain. Come to your nearest clinic for an assessment appointment and improve your quality of life.

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“The information provided in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replace medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Méndez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license 602691.”

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