Annually on October 16th, chiropractic students and their communities from around the world join together to raise awareness for World Spine Day. This year the National Organization, World Spine Day’s theme was: Your Back at Work. This theme focuses on the importance of education related to good spinal health and prevention of injuries in the workplace.
According to several studies, it is estimated that the annual incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) is approximately 40 cases per million population in the U.S. or approximately 12,500 new SCI cases each year, not including those who die at the scene of the accident.
Life West’s chapter of the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS), an international student-run non-profit, hosted a celebration event at Pier 5 in San Francisco on October 16th with free activities open to the public including movement workshops, yoga sessions, and a complimentary spinal analysis.
Additionally, Life West is celebrated World Spine Day by offering a complimentary 12 point evaluation and spinal screening from October 12th-16th at the Life West Health Center.
Lastly, WCCS, Student interns and Doctors of Chiropractic visited each K-12 school, in the Hayward Unified School District, October 12-16, and provided complimentary evaluation and spinal screenings to all administrative, staff and faculty members interested.
“A healthy spine is especially important for everyone. We want to give back to the education system, specifically Hayward, our own community, because over 40% of the Hayward population is enrolled in a school from kindergarten to graduate school. By offering preliminary complimentary examination to the leaders of these schools, this will be valuable information for them to care for their students at another level,” said Dr. Timothy Gay, Executive Vice President of the Health Center at Life Chiropractic College West.
For information on the global efforts of World Spine Day, visit www.worldspineday.org.