What are the top 4 causes of disability in the United States?

Ryan Todd Lloyd, DCSan Francisco Public Health

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Most people know that heart disease, stroke, and cancer are the biggest killers in America. That’s why everyone talks about sticking to a “heart-healthy” diet, whatever your way of eating may be.

But did you know what the biggest ailment is for your quality of life?

Low Back Pain
Other Body Aches
Neck Pain

Isn’t that interesting? These problems don’t kill you, but they might make you wish you were dead. as a matter of fact, according to this chart, you can combine deaths and quality of life to provide a stat that talks about “Disability-Adjusted Life-Years” (DALYs.) It’s not just important to life a long life so you can continue to contribute to society, your community, and leave a legacy with your family, but it’s also important to have a good quality of life.

You can’t have a good quality of life if your body can’t move. You need to have hips that move through their full range of motion with full strength in order to do the most basic functions. You need to be able to squat on the toilet in order to live independently. You need to be able to climb stairs in order to live in San Francisco. Your shoulder needs to move through full range of motion in order to care for yourself too. And let’s not forget that in order to have a healthy brain, you need to be able to exercise and move about your day. Depression is number 2 on the list, and it can be devastating.

Yes, it is important to maintain good cardiovascular health, and good-working lungs are vitally important. But, as you go about your day to day life, taking care of the way your joints articulate, the way your muscles support your skeleton, and the way your nerves orchestrate it all is the most important part of your waking day.

This chart shows the causes of death in America, then it also show s the causes of disability.

This chart shows the causes of death in America, then it also show s the causes of disability.

Todd Lloyd, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic in San Francisco.


Ryan Todd Lloyd, DC

I'm a chiropractor who specializes in correcting and relieving back and neck disorders. I have found that when you increase the mobility of your spine and joints with chiropractic care and follow up with this with improving muscle coordination with targeted exercises,then improving your function will also improve your pain.