Back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits, and lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Here are some things you should know about back pain:
Back pain is one of the most common medical conditions with 80% of adults, mainly women, experiencing it at some point during their lifetime. Back pain is the third most common reason people visit a doctor.
The most recent estimate shows $86 billion is spent every year on back pain in the United States. Introducing physical therapy before more invasive treatment reduces the cost of back pain treatment by 55%.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work with 186.7 days of work lost each year, with a resulting loss of $20 billion.
Back pain costs the average person a little over $2,000 a year.
Lower back pain is the most common form of back pain, followed by neck pain.
In the US, 5.3% of the population attributes lower back pain to their job.
Age is a factor in back pain with most lower back pain issues starting between 30 and 50 years of age. This pain is due to the loss of bone strength, flexibility, and muscle tone.
Exercise helps strengthen your back and prevent back pain, along with maintaining a healthy weight.
Other ways to prevent back pain include: practicing good posture, yoga, avoiding long periods of inactivity, walking every day, wearing appropriate shoes, sleeping on a supportive mattress, avoiding sleeping on your stomach, being a non-smoker, and getting enough sleep.
There are numerous ways to treat back pain: Heat and cold therapy, muscle relaxers, chiropractic, physical therapy, inversion therapy, traction, acupuncture, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), epidural steroid injections, medications, surgery.
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