Here are 3 more facts on Back Pain
1.Over ¾ of the time, even the best trained physicians are unable to offer patients a true source of where their back pain is originating.Right behind upper respiratory infections, back pain is the 2nd most common reason for doctor visits.
2. In five to fifteen percent of back pain cases, something more serious is going on than just a simple back sprain or strain. This could be cancer, an infection, kidney stones or gallbladder stones.It is very common for back pain to recur, occurring in 40% of individuals within 4 to 6 months.Males and Females experience back pain equally overall.
3. As of 2005, total direct and indirect costs for medical care of neck and back pain were over $86 billion, and now exceed $100 billion. In America, only more is spent on heart disease and cancer.In America, back pain is the most expensive and common cause of employee disability.Rates of spine surgery in America are the highest in the world – five times more than in the United Kingdom. Over 600,000 spine surgeries are performed in the US every year. In the past fifteen years, this number has risen fifteen fold.If a person is unemployed for over a year because back pain, there is only a 1 in 2 chance he or she will EVER work again.According to the Institute of Medicine report from 2011, over 115 million Americans (1/3 of the country) is suffering with a chronic pain issue such as back/neck pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.