Almost all of us will experience back pain at some time during the course of our lives, whether a simple strain from helping a friend move, a sports injury as a result of thinking we can still play like we did in high school, or the onset of osteoarthritis as we get older. Back pain is one of the most common reasons we miss work, see a doctor, and undergo surgeryi. It’s also the leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45ii. Only upper respiratory infections are more common.
The financial toll of back pain sits at around $50 billion a year in America alone. And that doesn’t include the harder-to-figure costs of lost personal income or employer productivityiii. Because most back pain isn’t caused by a serious condition, prevention can go a long way toward keeping our backs healthy and strong, allowing us to stay mobile, productive, and pain-free.
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[i] Bigos S, et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. Rockville, MD: U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, AHCPR Pub. No. 95-0642, Dec. 1994.Eyerman, Edward MD. Journal of Neuroimaging. June 1998
[ii] Bigos S, et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. Rockville, MD: U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, AHCPR Pub. No. 95-0642, Dec. 1994.Eyerman, Edward MD. Journal of Neuroimaging. June 1998
[iii] John P. Kostuik, MD, and Simeon Margolis, MD, Ph.D. Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis. The John Hopkins White Paper on Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis, 2002.