Chiropractic & Physiotherapy

Low Back Pain Series – Part 1: It’s on the rise!

Low back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, particularly among the elderly population. However, it can affect people of all ages. In Malaysia, the older population is expected to increase from 4% in 1998 to 9.8% in 2020. Low back pain is expected to increase among this age group. Globally, years lived with disability as a result of low back pain has increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015. This is mainly due to an increase in population and ageing, especially in low-income and middle income countries.

Disabling low back pain is represented excessively among individuals with low socioeconomic status. Many people that are experiencing low back pain for the first time have a quick recovery, yet re-occurrence is common. However, in a minority of individuals low back pain becomes persistent and disabling due to the initial high pain intensity, psychological distress and accompanying pain at multiple body site

It is almost impossible to identify a specific nociceptive cause for lower back pain as only a minority have well understood pathological causes such as a vertebral fracture, malignancy or infection. Individuals with physically demanding jobs, physical and mental comorbidities, smokers and obese individuals have a higher probability of being diagnosed with low back pain.

As I mentioned, the incidence of low back pain among the population is predicted to increase over the coming years – early prevention and education is crucial to limit the impact. Chiropractic care is a scientifically proven treatment for low back pain. At Healthworks we provide an integrated care approach in which chiropractors, physiotherapist and fitness trainers work hand in hand to ensure that you receive the most holistic care for your low back pain. We put lots of importance on maintaining the health of your spine and prevent it from future diseases.

Stay tuned for the next section of this low back pain series, in which I will dig deeper into the common causes of lower back pain.

Till then, don’t hesitate to contact us at or 018-9828539 for further enquiries.