Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,I,C-Greenwood Lake) today announced the enactment of her legislative resolution commemorating March 7, 2011, as “Save My Spine” day in New York State in order to increase awareness for spinal health. According to the National Library of Medicine, 80 percent of the population will suffer from back pain in their lifetimes. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control reports back pain ranks as the second most common reason for doctors’ visits and is a multi-billion dollar health issue.
“Back and neck health is important to our quality of life,” said Rabbitt. “The serious impact of spinal disabilities on individuals and to the healthcare system is overlooked frequently. By promoting healthy spinal habits like proper posture, exercise and proper education, spinal injuries can be greatly decreased.”
“Save My Spine” day is an opportunity for physical therapists throughout New York to advance awareness and knowledge about spinal health to people in their community. Because every back pain affects persons from all walks of life, from farmers to executives, it is recommended that residents suffering from back pain contact their doctor who can recommend a back pain specialist to treat their particular individualized concerns.
The legislative resolution was drafted by Assemblywoman Rabbitt at the request of local physical therapists to help curb spinal injuries. The resolution was adopted on January 24, 2011.
“With over 20 years of experience treating spinal pain and injuries, I believe that most people can improve their quality of lives dramatically through proper education and exercise. Physical therapists can significantly help reduce the suffering and disability from back and neck pain,” said Rick Rutkowski, PT, Owner, Optimum Performance Physical Therapy, who was among the constituents who requested the legislative resolution. “I’d like to thank Assemblywoman Rabbitt for helping us create awareness of the importance of spinal health by introducing and helping pass this resolution.”