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Sakaal Times
17 October 2010
Pune, India

With many youngsters suffering from spinal diseases, health experts have cautioned against ignoring minor back and neck pains.

On the occasion of World Spine Day falling on Sunday, city–based Spinalogy Clinic founder and medical director Dr Kiran Shete has underlined the need to investigate the causes of backache and neck pains for better spinal health.

"Almost 80 per cent of the Indian population suffers from back and neck problems. This not only leads to loss of man hours, but also affects the work productivity, family and social life, and overall quality of life," he said. He said all spinal problems including spondylitis, spinal stenosis and sciatica start from regular neck and back pains. Due to a sedentary lifestyle, those between the ages of 25 and 40 are susceptible to spinal diseases.

"A recent survey conducted in 30 IT companies in Pune and around, has revealed that productivity in these companies have dropped by 30–40 per cent due to spinal problems," he added.

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