THE NUMBER of young people suffering from back pain is on the rise in the country, doctors at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) said Wednesday. The doctors said there was a need for creating more awareness about the matter, which they termed “extremely serious”.
“In 2009, the PGI’s pain clinic would get 10 per cent of youth suffering with back pain,” said Dr Babita Ghai, Professor, Anaesthesia and consultant pain clinic, PGI, told Chandigarh Newsline. “But the number has doubled over the past few years and it is still increasing.”
“I am shocked when I see school students come to us with this (back pain) problem,” said Dr Babita.
Doctors cite several reasons for the increase in such cases. “Today, youths are more occupied with work and then they remain indoors mostly. They are not getting exercise, which is leading to this problem,” said Dr Pradeep Sarkar, in-charge, physiotherapy department, PGI. “It is also caused due to improper posture during daily activities, vitamin D deficiency (lack of sun exposure) and other factors.”
Dr Pradeep said there was a need for educating and improving awareness in public about back pain, its causes and prevention.
In fact in a study conducted by PGI, on the patients who comes to pain clinic, the doctors have found deficiency of Vitamin D among the patients suffering from lower back pain. The study was done between 2013 and 2015.
During the study, it was found that prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in patients with low back pain was nearly 86 per cent of people have below normal vitamin D levels. The study also concluded that nearly 45 per cent had moderate to severe deficiency and nearly three per cent had undetectable Vitamin D levels.
According to the doctors, Vitamin D has a significant role to play in bone metabolism and neuro muscular function. “Several researchers have indicated that Vitamin D deficiency may be possibly related to chronic muscular skeletal pain including chronic low back pain (CLBP),” said Dr Babita.
The PGI will organise a discussion on back ache on February 12.