CDC: Rates of Joint, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Neck Pain and Headache Climb
Rates of joint, hip, knee, shoulder and neck pain as well as severe headache climbed significantly from 1997 to 2009 in the United States, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The findings parallel other CDC data confirming significant increases in obesity rates in the U.S. during the past decade.
The findings were released in the Federal report, “Health United States 2010,” and reflect findings from interviews using the National Health Interview Survey, of a representative scientific sample of thousands of Americans.
While rates of severe headache or migraine, hip, shoulder, and neck pain increased only slightly, and low back and finger pain remained constant during the period, increases in any joint pain and in knee pain were much more dramatic, rising 2.5 and 3.0% respectively in just 10 years.
The increases in any joint and knee pain were more pronounced in Whites, Hispanics and Latinos, but affected all income levels, ages, and both males and females.
A separate CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report in August confirmed that more than 7 in 10 Mississippi adults are overweight or obese, with the rest of America closely following the trend here.
The data indicate that by 2009, 32% of Americans report some joint pain in the past 30 days, with low back (28.1%), knee (19.5%), severe headache or migraine (16.1%), and neck (15.1%) accounting for most of the areas of reported pain.
The findings point to the need for improving activity levels with exercises that do not place an even heavier stress on the back and other weight bearing joints like the knees, such as by using an exercise or regular bike, swimming or water aerobics, or by use of light exercise tubing or bands.
They also reinforce the need for dietary changes such as the move toward the Mediterranean Diet, use of small and more frequent portion-controlled snacks instead of larger meals, and increasing walking and other light activity to control or lose weight.
Chiropractic care focuses on treatment of the whole person. You can be confident that this is also the best path toward spine health!
Rob Leach, DC, MS, FICC, CHES
The CDC 2010 Health Report may be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf
A Mayo Clinic report on benefits of the Mediterranean Diet: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mediterranean-diet/CL00011
Dr. Leach is a Take Shape for Life Coach. For more information about this program: https://www.myofficeinmotion.com/esuite/home/robleach/hp
A great exercise guide available through Take Shape for Life, developed in association with experts at Johns Hopkins University: http://www.medifastmedia.com/tsfl/docs/exercise_guide.pdf