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1 in 10 people suffer low back pain, leading cause of disability

Our bodies aren’t indestructible, and we can suffer injuries that hinder our performance at work. In some cases, it makes it downright impossible to earn a living in St. Louis, whether it is for a temporary period or permanently. When an injury is expected to last for a year or longer, an individual may be able to obtain Social Security disability benefits to cover certain costs.

The term injury may elicit the image of a specific moment in time when our body was damaged. Maybe it was a construction accident involving a steal beam that crushed a worker’s leg. Maybe it was a car accident that caused paralysis. Maybe it was a recreational accident in which an individual suffered a traumatic brain injury, but not all injuries happen in a single moment.

A study found that the leading cause of disability was an injury that often develops over time.

The study was published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases and was based on data from another study, the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Analyzing this data from around the world, researchers found that one in 10 people are affected by low back pain. Researchers also determined that the prevalence of this injury makes it the leading cause of disability across the globe.

Even though it is already determined to be a worldwide leading cause of disability, the problem is only going to get bigger. The proportion of elderly individuals continues to rise. Whether this is due to population growth, medical advancements or any other reason, researchers say the aging population will increase the cases of low back pain.

A SSD attorney can help take away some of the burden placed on those with debilitating back pain by ensuring that they don’t leave any disability benefits on the table that they may have been eligible to receive.

Source: Medical News Today, “Low back pain is number 1 cause of disability worldwide,” Marie Ellis, March 25, 2014

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