Dr. Charles Rosen Offers Media Alert on Lower Back Pain, One of the Most Common Health Problems

ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2006--A recent study published in Spine Journal documented lower back pain (LBP) as one of the most common societal health problems. Lower back pain is a common, chronic and recurrent condition afflicting the general adult population. The effects of LBP result in significant disability, absenteeism and over-reliance on health services.

The report indicated that between 50 to 80 percent of all adults will experience some form of LBP during the lifetime. As many as 450,000 to 900,000 adults are suffering lower back pain at any given time. Medical experts reported that 72 percent of all adults complain of lower back pain and 11 percent are disabled, resulting in loss of work and mobility.

According to Dr. Charles Rosen, founding director of the University of California at Irvine (UCI) Spine Center: "Lower back pain varies from different age groups and gender. Typically, teenagers will suffer sports-related back injuries resulting from repeated hyperextension of the spine."

Pregnant are women also at risk of temporary back pain during the first and second trimester. Fortunately, most back pain due to pregnancy disappears after the birth of the child.

Dr. Rosen feels that the group with the largest risk of lower back pain is professional women between the ages of 40 and 50. "This appears in my practice to be by far the largest segment of our population to suffer mild to severe lower back pain. Herniated disks are the most common affliction in this age group," Rosen said.

Surprisingly, the cause of professional women suffering lower back pain is frequently due to improperly lifting their briefcases and luggage from the trunk of their car. Many women lean over too far into the trunk and twist their spine as they jerk their laptops or file folders out. Another major cause of lower back pain is long commuting in a car to and from work.

Men in the 40-to-50 age bracket are not any less immune to lower back pain as women but the culprit for the male is that proverbial mid-life crisis. Dr. Rosen said: "The main cause for men in that age bracket experiencing lower back pain appears to frequently be their desire to be 'weekend warriors' who don't take into consideration the aging effects on their bodies. Men who have been armchair sports enthusiasts during the week, and then engage in a weekend of strenuous sports that require twisting and turning such as football, golf and basketball are prime candidates for LBP."

Interesting Back Pain Facts from the UCI Spine Center:

-- If you like your work, recuperation from back surgery is faster.

-- Lower back pain rates as the highest level of pain that people experience on average.

-- Lower back pain can cause depression.

-- The best bed to own for lower back pain is one with a medium firm mattress.

For more information on back pain, please visit www.charlesrosenmd.com.

for Dr. Charles Rosen

Diana Soltez, 818-592-6747


Gemma Cunningham, 949-637-4296

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