Back pain and heart disease

Is there a connection between back pain and heart disease?  The short answer is “I think so”.  My reasoning can be found here, on our companion site.

In brief, the mechanisms that cause stiff arteries (atheroma) may be the same mechanisms that cause stiff backs and pain. If that were the case, you’d expect people who have a long history of back pain to more frequently have heart disease.  Turns out they do!  In case you just want to go to the sources first (to confirm I’m not a raving lunatic) and then read my longer article afterwards, here are the research links below..

Musculoskeletal pain is associated with a long-term increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular-related mortality: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2639482/

Chronic Pain and Mortality: A Systematic Review: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4047043/

Is Chronic Low Back Pain Associated with the Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease when Genetic Susceptibility Is Considered? A Co-Twin Control Study of Spanish Twinshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4865187/

About the Author:

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, and author of "active X backs - an effective solution for lower back pain"; he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.

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