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Study: Lower back pain the leading global cause of disability

Thousands of Wisconsin residents are unable to work because of an injury. The types of these injuries are wide-ranging, and to receive much-needed Social Security benefits, it's often necessary to seek the help of a legal professional with experience in expediting Social Security disability claims. A key step in the process is proving to the Social Security Administration exactly what your disabling condition is.

In fact, an immense international study has shown that lower back pain is the number-one cause of disability throughout the world. The collaborative study is called the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project, and its contributors include professionals from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Tokyo, Imperial College of London and others.

Disabling back pain falls into the category of musculoskeletal conditions. Another such condition is neck pain, which ranks as the fourth most common cause of disability across the globe.

According to the study, over 1.7 billion individuals on Earth suffer from conditions such as neck pain, back pain and arthritis. These disorders have been shown to have more of a collective impact on human health than war, HIV/AIDS, neurological conditions, tropical diseases and nature, all combined. The study comes to this conclusion by taking into account the number of years people live with disabling conditions.

The researchers claim that musculoskeletal disorders are the cause of roughly 21 percent of the entire number of years people live with disability. Overall, only behavioral and mental disorders rank higher than musculoskeletal conditions in terms their disabling effects.

These statistics may be interesting, but they don't make living with a disability any easier to bear. To get the SSDI and SSI benefits they need, people who can't work because of a disabling condition would do well to take the necessary legal steps to speed up the application process.

Source: Dynamic Chiropractic, "Back Pain Is #1 Cause of Disability Worldwide," Peter W. Crownfield, Jan. 16, 2013

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