Women are more prone to back pain than men

Women are more prone to back pain than men

A study conducted by the German Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control showed that women in Germany suffer from back and neck pain more than men and have more attacks of pain compared to men.

The study published by the institute today, Wednesday, under the title "Journal of Health Surveillance", showed that women complain more of chronic back pain, indicating on the other hand that the differences between the sexes in perception of pain intensity are "slight".

On average, 61% of those surveyed reported experiencing back pain at least once in the past 12 months (66% for women and 56% for men).

The difference in neck pain was more pronounced between the two sexes (55% for women and 36% for men). The complaint rate of chronic back pain, which has occurred almost daily for at least three months, was 18.5% among women and 12.4% among men.

Experts attribute the increased incidence of these pains in women to various things, such as anatomical differences such as muscle strength. Women often view their bodies differently from men and "tend to respond more sensitively to pain."

Researchers were not able to monitor the impact of the regulations for working from home on the back problems of the population during this survey, because it was conducted during the period from October 2019 until March 2020. The study did not include physical examination of the participants.