This video is about the scary and dangerous trends in back pain treatment that everyone needs to know about, because the ways that back pain is being treated are changing, and not for the better. In fact, they're getting a lot worse.
4 out of 5 people will have back pain in their lifetime, and half of all workers will experience back pain this year alone. Not all of these cases will be severe, but the bigger problems happen when the pain starts recurring and keeps getting worse. When someone has back pain, there is a 80% chance of the pain coming back at some point in their life, and a 25-40% chance of it returning within the same year and becoming chronic. In fact, a study by the University of North Carolina showed that from 1992 to 2006 the percentage of chronic back pain sufferers more than doubled! This dramatic increase in the number of chronic back pain sufferers is what is leading to dangerous change in the way the pain is treated.
Chronic back pain usually involves conditions such as herniated, bulging, or degenerated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, arthritis, and failed back surgery. These are often very complicated conditions where the pain does not go away easily. And the longer you have a back problem, the worse it gets and the more difficult it is to treat. So the treatments get increasingly stronger and more potentially devastating.
So what are these dangerous trends in the treatment of back pain?
- Opiod use is dramatically on the rise. 50-60% of all patients with chronic back pain will be administered opiods for their problem. This increase of opiod users is leading to more cases of addiction and overdoses. Around a quarter of those prescribed opiods misuse them, and for every day a person takes opiods, the likelihood of them developing an addiction increases by 1%. And 30,000 people die each year from opoid abuse. That's one every 15 minutes!
- The costs for treating back pain are skyrocketing. The total cost for treating back pain in the United States is over $100 Billion dollars. Compare that to the average cost of treating cancer, which is $86.6 Billion dollars, and it is easy to see how much the costs have gotten out of control.
- The system for treating back pain is broken. More and more of doctors' focus when it comes to treating chronic back pain is to over-medicate the problem instead of treating the cause of the problem. And if the cause of the pain isn't treated it's just going to get worse, to the point where the patient will be recommended for surgery that is most likely not even neccessary!
Watch this video to learn more about these dangerous trends:
At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate everyone as much as possible about their back pain and sciatica, because it is proven that the more people know about their problem the more likely they are to eliminate it!
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