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The question might seem overdramatic.
And yet, it is raised by an academic paper published earlier this year in the very serious European Journal of Pain (vol. 21, issue 5) titled “Is This Back Pain Killing Me?”
A preview of the paper is accessible online and the University of Sidney website has a short discussion by one of the lead researchers and senior author, Associate Professor of physiotherapy Paulo Feirrera.
The research points at a disturbing connection between back pain and mortality, summed up as followed by Prof. Ferreira:
Our study found that compared to those without spinal pain (back and neck), a person with spinal pain has a 13 percent higher chance of dying every year. This is a significant finding as many people think that back pain is not life-threatening.