Spinal problems to affect more people in 10 years

Five per cent of the adult population in India suffers from various spinal problems reflected in back or neck pains at some point in their lives and the figure is likely to go up alarmingly in the next 10 years, doctors warn.

`Such cases of degenerative diseases increase with the rise in life expectancy,` experts point out.

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They said that at least 20 per cent of patients having acute spinal problems would remain bedridden by 2022.

Amitava Chanda, consultant neurosurgeon of the city`s Fortis Hospitals said depending on the seriousness of the situation, backaches could be treated medically or even surgically.

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`But ignored for a long period of time, even a minor backache can grow into excruciating back pain,` they said.

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