Last year, more than 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from back pain, which is the leading cause of disability among people under age 45. And because so many people suffer from chronic back pain, as many as 19 million patients spend a total of $50 billion on the direct costs of treating the condition every year.
Even though the increasingly office-bound American workforce often suffers from neck pain (as many as 45% according to some estimates), lower back pain is the most common spinal complaint.
What are my treatment options for preventing lower back pain ?
There are three common treatments for lower back pain:
- Exercise and physical therapy
- Medications, including painkillers, muscle relaxants, and anti-depressants
- Minimally i