Back Pain has
been described as a 20th century epidemic, the nemesis of
medicine, and an albatross of industry.
any given day in this country, an estimated 6.5 million people
with back pain. There are almost
new cases every month.
80% of Americans will experience a bout with low back pain
that can range from a dull, annoying
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is this so?
reasons for a bad back vary from slouching over a computer
keyboard and sitting on an uncomfortable
lifting heavy objects or overusing muscles
during a weekend softball game.
sedentary jobs and lifestyle make us vulnerable to damage.
Too much time in front of the
TV, not enough exercise, poor posture and
all weaken muscles. Weak muscles, especially abdominal muscles,
cannot support the spine properly.
what do you do?
lot of people seek treatment.
surgery continues to be the mainstay for treating chronic
back pain, physicians
and pain-management specialists
ways to treat the problem, from radio frequency procedures
to injections of the botulinum toxin.
have shown that 90% of people with back pain will get better
surgery. Many managed care
companies are taking
look at how back
pain is treated, with the goal of moving toward nonsurgical
approaches, from physical
therapy to chiropractic care.
majority of people seeking treatment solutions in the Retail
in need of a great deal of medical attention. Their
back pain is most likely a result of bad posture, sitting
in the wrong type
of office chair or sleeping
on a bed without support.
it affects The Labor Industry
year, 1.8 million workers suffer injuries related
to ergonomic factors
and 600,000 people
work because of them,
according to OSHA. Also, every year more than 90
million work days are lost at a cost of $5 billion for
test, measurements and treatments
number of back injuries that have resulted in time away from
work has decreased in the past
reason people have
to limit the amount of work they do.
1998 back disorders were the top reason for people 18 to
69 years old
to have to limit the
pain, depressive symptoms and disc disorder or sciatica bode
high costs for patients
problems. Although back
cannot be totally prevented or eliminated,
the costs and the suffering can be reduced
Related back injury is responsible for $12 billion
compensation costs and back pain accounts
for more than 100 million lost workdays