Physical therapist Ina Diener has been appointed to the International Organising Committee of World Spine Day, held every year on 16th October.
Ina Diener is a physiotherapy clinician and lecturer at the University of Western Cape, South Africa. She said: “This day is very important for the physiotherapy profession. All over the world physiotherapists can make their patients aware of good posture and movement, to restore or maintain good spinal health.”
World Spine Day was created to raise awareness of bone and joint problems around the world, as part of the Bone and Joint Disease Decade’s action week. Back and neck pain are leading causes for disability and thousands of people are affected by spinal disorders which affect their function and participation in life roles.
On World Spine Day, participating health care providers and organisations around the world provide information, tips and tools to help prevent spinal disorders.
“Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders,” said Ina Diener. “Physiotherapists are in the front line to rehabilitate movement patterns and get people to move again.”