Back Pain does not Link to the Weather Conditions: Posture is to be blamed


Australian researchers have come up with a study that has exploded the stereotypical myth of the reason behind the lower back pain. Till now temperature, humidity, air pressure and wind direction have been blamed for causing the lower back pain in people. However, the team of researchers has rebutted this external reason. As per WHO, nearly 33% of the world’s population suffer from lower back pain and people in huge number blame weather condition for the discomfort in the respective bodies.

Initial studies showed that extreme weather conditions altered the discomfort by increasing the symptoms of pain in patients. Dr. Daniel Steffens with the George Institute for Global Health claimed that although patients associate weather conditions with their back pain but studies do not correlate between the two.

In order to study the effect of external temperature on people suffering from back pain, the team collected data of 993 patients between October 2011 and November 2012. Researchers noted the time when the patients reported back pain and took the weather conditions one week and one month prior to the beginning of discomfort. Weather data was taken from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The result concluded that there was no link between the lower back pain with temperature, humidity and air pressure. If there happen to be increase in pain, it was too minor to be clinically important. Hence, the researchers concluded that their findings disproved any link between the back pain and external weather conditions. Although symptoms linked with particular ailments like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are yet to be investigated.

Therefore, if you feel you have developed the most discomforting pain, it’s not the weather, try noticing your wrong sitting or sleeping poses or working on the extra mile maybe.

Source: Medicalxpress

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