Back pain is a common problem with people of almost all ages barring children. It is more commonly seen with people in the corporate world, who work long hours and those not involved with any kind of exercises. Back and neck pain symptoms are experienced by at least 50% of the working population. According to reports, back pain leads to a considerable proportion of work absence in the corporate world. Studies reveal that 15.5% work absence is due to back pain with follow-up period of upto six months. The pooled estimate for the proportion of people with back pain returning to work is seen to be 68.2% at one month, 85.6% for the period of one to six months and 93.3% for six months and more.
Lower back pain is a major problem throughout the world. It is common and often recurrent. The incidence of back pain is highest in people in their 40s while the prevalence of back pain increases with age, before declining in older age groups. 80% of the population suffer from back and neck pain at least once in their lives.
Back pain is often neglected even though it can potentially become chronic. Hence, it is very important to exercise at least for 20 minutes each day. While the trend to stay fit has increased, a large section of our population abstains from exercising. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, lower back pain is the sixth most burdening disease. It is essential to get up and move around, while working at a desk. This prevents bones and muscles from cramping. Swimming also helps in preventing back pain.