A very common statistic is that 80% of all people will experience some sort of back pain at one point in their lives. And while for some of these people it will only be a minor occurrence, for most it will happen again, and for others it may even become chronic. Even minor lower back injuries can be very painful, and chronic low back pain can be severely debilitating and have a major impact on how people live their lives.
Whether you've had lower back pain before, have it now, or are worried about getting it in the future, these 10 quick facts are something everyone should know:
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1. It's estimated that 10% of the world's population is experiencing lower back pain. That's nearly 750,000,000 people!
2. Every year Americans spend around $50 Billion dollars just for treatment of their lower back pain. Add in the costs for things like health insurance, lost wages due to missing work, and legal bills, and the amount of money that is spent in America for lower back pain jumps to over $150 Billion dollars!
3. Women tend to suffer from lower back pain more than men, with 30% of women compared to just one quarter of men reporting back problems.
4. It has been reported that 90% of lower back pain cases will clear up within four to six weeks without any treatment. But this is actually a misconception, as studies have shown that over 60% of patients may still have back pain after a year, and up to 80% of lower back pain sufferers will have a reoccurrence of the same problem within two years of it first starting.
5. Over a third of people report that their lower back pain is preventing them from getting a full night's rest, exercising, and performing other daily tasks. For those with chronic lower back pain, over half say that their pain prevents them from sleeping comfortably.
6. The number of people electing for spinal fusion surgery to treat their lower back pain is increasing dramatically, and there's a good chance it won't even work! Since 1993, the number of spinal fusions performed in the lower back has increased by well over 700%. But, experts say that over half of them are not even needed or necessary, and research shows that half of the fusions performed will also be unsuccessful.
7. A little over half of all Americans who have lower back pain have jobs that require them to sit for most of the day.
8. Low back pain is the fifth most common reason that people seek a medical professional for help. However, only a little over a third of people will go to a doctor for their lower back pain.
9. Only 1 out of 10 people with lower back pain ever find out what is actually causing the pain. This is because the cause can often be difficult to determine. Some people may not be getting the correct treatment they need because of this.
10. 50% of pregnant women will experience lower back pain, with the chance of backache and the amount of pain increasing as the pregnancy progresses.
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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