If you are suffering from back pain, you are not alone. Back pain can be due to traumatic injuries or slowly develop over a long period of time. Anyone that has experienced significant back pain knows that it can have a sudden impact on your quality of life or make it difficult to just get through the day. There are some amazing statistics associated with this common ailment:
The back is a complicated and fragile system comprised of bones, joints, ligaments, disks and muscles. Pain can result from injuries to any or all of these structures. Frequently, sports injuries or accidents are the obvious cause of the pain. Other times, the simplest movements—for example, picking up a small child— can have painful results. Also, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can be the cause or a contributing factor of back pain. Back pain can also be caused by serious illness requiring more immediate treatment including kidney stones and kidney infection, ulcers, pancreatic disease, bone cancer, or blood clots.
People with back pain will try just about anything to get some relief and get back to their normal lives. Non-surgical treatments for back pain may include any or all of the following:
And then, of course, there is Surgery… a very poor option and one that should only be considered as a “last resort” for very good reasons. A
recent study showed only 20% of all back surgeries are considered to be successful after 2 years, and 10-40% of patients suffer from long term complications from “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome”, which is a prominent possibility.