Only a fifth of the 17.3 million Britons suffering from back pain will ever recover, studies suggest
- The study found that only 20% of back pain patients see the symptoms
- Researchers in 16 years followed nearly 13,000 people with back pain
- They found that most patients had prolonged or recurrent back pain
- The study concludes that other experts may have incorrectly indicated that 'back pain will "resolve in most cases"
Victoria Allen science correspondent for daily paste
This is bad news for many people suffering from back pain agonies. Regardless of the treatment they are trying – such as thermal pads, chiropractic procedures or ergonomic chairs – only one in five can expect recovery.
The study found that only 20 percent of patients see their symptoms disappear.
Researchers who followed nearly 13,000 people over the age of 16 found that most patients had prolonged or recurrent back pain that they could not win.
Research warns that back pain can have a lasting effect even after people have obviously improved [File photo]
A study conducted by the Krembila Research Institute in Canada concluded that other experts may have incorrectly stated that 'back pain will' resolve in most cases ''.
Almost one in five people experienced a permanent, long-lasting feeling of pain in their study, and the third suffers from casual pain.
Back pain affects four out of five people at their place of residence and is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, leading to one of eight days of illness.
Dr. Mayilee Canizares, who led the study, said: "The bad news was that every fifth experienced constant back pain, with an additional group of almost one in three, which over time produced back pain.
These two groups were associated with increased pain relief activity, disability and depression as well as increased use of the drug.
People with physically demanding jobs are more likely to suffer from back pain, but more often recover from it.
The study warns that back pain can have lasting effects even after people have obviously improved.
Dr. Canizares said: "The good news is that one in five times it recovers, but they continued to use it [painkillers] and antidepressants, suggesting that people recovering from back pain require continuous monitoring.
This is bad news for many people suffering from back pain agonies. Whatever the treatment they are trying to do – such as thermal pads, chiropractic procedures or ergonomic chairs – only one in five can expect [File photo]