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The number of people suffering from back pain will increase dramatically over the coming years because of the growing ageing population, researchers wrote in a BMJ journal.
In a report published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases on back pain and disability, the authors said:
Pain in the lower back is responsible for more disability than any other condition, experts have warned.
Almost one in 10 people suffer from lower back pain which causes more lost years due to disability than anything else, fresh data published the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases said.
An estimated 9.4% of people suffer from lower back pain and the condition has the highest prevalence in Western Europe.
Researchers examined data from the Global Burden of Disease study which assesses the health of people in 187 countries for 1990, 2005 and 2010.
Out of 291 conditions, low back pain topped the league table in terms of years lost to disability.