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How sedentary, obesity may lead to back pain, by scientists

By Joseph Okoghenun   |   23 September 2015   |   11:23 pm  

Obesity. Photo; LinkedIn

Obesity. Photo; LinkedIn

ORTHOPAEDIC experts have warned against sedentary lifestyle and obesity, even as they describe the duo as risk factors for low back pain, a very discomforting experience for most patients.

The experts, who spoke at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi (NOHI), Lagos, recently also blamed low back pain for 50 per cent health related reasons for absenteeism.

Speaking during Annual Scientific Conference organised by NOHI, the guest lecturer, Prof. Suleiman Giwa, a professor of orthopaedics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), stated that back was very common among the elderly people.

Giwa, who attributed lifestyle among other factors to the condition, added that back pain was not curable, but treatable.
He advised patients with the challenge to seek medical for remedy early.

Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if one fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly.

NOHI Medical Director, Dr Rotimi Odunubi, stated that back pain was a common complain among patients, adding that since the back bear a lot of weight it was bound to experience pain one time or the other.

Odunubi added that the conference whose theme was back pain was aimed to showcase current trends in the management of the back condition, adding that the knowledge of current would help experts in treating back pain.



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