Back week 2007

PRESS RELEASE

Aching backs reduce productivity!

PHYSIOTHERAPY BACK WEEK

10 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2007

Statistics have shown that 80% of the population will experience back pain
at some time. Worldwide, back pain costs economies more than any other disease
(in some countries, it can claim up to 1.6% of GDP).

A significant percentage of absenteeism at the workplace can be attributed
to back pain. According to Jukka Takala, director of the European Agency for
Safety and Health at Work, 25% of EU workers suffer from backache and 23% have
muscular pains. Back pain is a leading cause of disability for workers in their
prime, between the ages of 19 and 45.

Annually, the South African Society of Physiotherapy organises a week to focus
attention on issues relating to good back health.

The primary aim of this event is to alert all the citizens of South Africa,
irrespective of their age, about the importance of caring for their spines and
related musculature.

Physiotherapists do more than treat the symptoms of back pain.

Physiotherapists are trained to take the patient through a comprehensive programme
of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment as well as rehabilitation.

Physiotherapists’ efforts are focused on treating the problem quickly,
reducing pain and returning the patient to normal activity as soon as possible.

Physiotherapists have the expertise to advise on the appropriate exercise programme
and back protection strategies during all activities, work and leisure pursuits.

South African physiotherapists are highly regarded internationally due to the
stringent selection process for acceptance at the country’s university
medical schools and the rigorous academic and clinical training they need to
undergo.

Physiotherapists also need to complete a year of community service before becoming
fully registered with the HPCSA.

You are invited to make use of this opportunity to join hands with physiotherapy
in an effort to educate the public about the importance of proper back care.

Media interviews are more than welcome.

Physiotherapists will be available from 08h00 – 16h00 on the toll free
line to provide the public with free advice, answer questions and to refer if
necessary.

Toll free: 0800 00 1870


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