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Each year World Spine Day is observed on October 16th to encourage spinal health by disseminating information on good spinal health habits.

2018 theme: 'Love Your Spine'

World Spine Day (WSD) is organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), of which the ACA is the Australian member, on behalf of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health. Over 500 official organisations worldwide support this initiative each year.

WSD brings people together from all walks of life – patients, health providers, healthcare organisations, associations and governments – to help ease the global burden of spinal disorders. With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering from back pain, it affects all age groups, from children to the elderly.

Prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.

The aims of WSD are to:

  • raise awareness of spinal health and spine disorders with individuals, communities, professionals and all stakeholders associated with spine care;
  • provide a forum for ongoing discussion about the burden of spinal disorders and the sharing of best practices; and
  • promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.

This health promotion initiative is designed to empower people everywhere to take action towards better spinal health and improving their quality of life. It is aimed at people of all ages, genders and cultures.

This year the theme is ‘Love Your Spine’ and will highlight the importance of spinal health and wellbeing. Promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions will all feature as people are encouraged to look after their spines and stay active.

Populations in under-serviced parts of the world often have no access to conventional healthcare resources to care for spinal pain and disability. Often relying on traditional healers, even those who are seen in hospital  are often only given anti-inflammatory medication.

Dedicated spinal health professionals do not exist in many parts of the world, so education and self-help is key. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts many millions of people, resulting in an enormous impact on industry and the economy.

ACA encourages its members to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and contribute towards informing, educating and empowering people regarding spinal health.

For more information visit the official World Spine Day website.