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Rising cases of young people with spinal problems

A SEDENTARY lifestyle has been linked to growing numbers of young people seeking medical help for back and neck pain, health experts have warned.

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) say under-30s are increasingly suffering with pain, associated with large amounts of time spent sitting down and leaning over computers and smartphones.

Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all previously been linked to sedentary behaviour.

And now a new BCA survey has found that nearly half, 45 per cent, of 16 to 24-year-olds say they are currently living with neck or back pain, compared to 28 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds last year.
Across all age groups, 86 per cent of the 2,000 people questioned said it was a problem, compared to 77 per cent the year before. Almost one in four, 24 per cent, said they suffer on a daily basis.

The BCA said that with three out of five, 59 per cent, saying they spend most of their working day sitting, people need to become more aware of how to look after themselves properly.

BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful said: “We’re seeing a rise in the number of people experiencing back and neck-related problems because our modern lifestyle is forcing us to stay seated and I’m concerned that the number of patients under the age of 30 coming through our doors is increasing.


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