Back Pain Hampers Work Ability
Wednesday, 26 January 2011

At least 80 percent adults suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, hampering their working abilities.

Experts at a seminar in Dhaka on Saturday said that injury, inappropriate sitting or standing posture, and weak muscles cause low back pain, which ultimately leads to work-related disability.

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled organised the seminar held at the National Press Club.

Farzana Majid who once suffered from excruciating low back pain told the seminar that she was cured after taking exercise from physiotherapists.

Back pain expert Prof Dr Altaf Hossain Sarkar said exercise can prevent this disorder and that effective physiotherapy can also cure patients suffering from the ailment.

"But we have few physiotherapists and do not have separate college to produce adequate number of such specialists," he said, urging the government to set up a physiotherapy college soon.

Orthopaedic surgeon Prof M A Bached said low back pain is the leading cause of work-related disability in the country. "People should walk for a while at least once in an hour to keep the pain away."

Some students of physiotherapy told that government's low priority and jealousy of some medical professionals delayed the building of a separate physiotherapy college.

Health minister AFM Ruhal Haque on June 10, 2009 laid foundation stone of a separate physiotherapy college at city's Mohakhali area.

But the work did not progress, prompting students to take to the streets.

The also a held a hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar in protest against the delay. But so far no concrete action has been taken to complete the college's construction.

In the absence of a separate college, National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation has become the temporary place for physiotherapy students.


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