- The prevalence of low back pain (LBP) is common, as 70-85% of ALL PEOPLE have back pain that requires treatment of some sort at some time in life.
- On a yearly basis the annual prevalence of back pain averages 30%, and once you have back pain, the likelihood of recurrence is high.
- Back pain is the most common cause of activity limitation in people less than 45 years of age.
- Back pain is the 2nd most frequent reason for physician visits, the 5th ranking reason for hospital admissions, and the 3rd most common cause for surgical procedures.
Why? One reason has to do with the biomechanics of two legged animals. When compared to the 4 legged species, the vertically loaded spine carries more weight in the low back and shows disk and joint deterioration and/or arthritis much sooner. We have 2 free arms to lift and carry items that often weigh too much for our back to be able to safely handle. We also lift and carry using poor technique. Another reason is the blood supply to our disks is poor at best, and becomes virtually non-existent after age 30. That makes healing of disk tears nearly impossible.
Prevention is the best medicine! Let us help you take better care of your back. Call for your free consultation.