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The 5 Most Dangerous Trends for Back Pain Treatment. Part 2

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

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This is a multiple part series, if you did not read  part #1 in this series click the link below.

The 5 Most Dangerous Trends for Back Pain Treatment.

A brief recap,  we want good health and happy families and one of the main barriers to us getting these goals is back pain.  Back pain effects 9 out of 10 people and indirectly effects every person on this planet.

  • Back pain office visits to physicians each year accounts for over $31billion dollars.

Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office outnumbered only by depression.  However 54% of people with chronic back pain also suffer from depression.   I too suffered back pain that put a grip on my life that was so strong that I struggled everyday so I know well the emotional impact of Back Pain.

Watch my video here about the stuggles I had with back pain.  I know as much as anybody about back pain because it had consumed me.......

The total cost for back pain in the united states is over $100 billion dollars each year, on back problems -for medical care, workers compensation payments, and lost productivity.

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This is enough money to buy two brand new Cadillac Escalades for every single person living in San Francisco.

  • We are currently  spending more on back pain then what is being spent to treat cancer in America.

Back pain has reached epidemic proportions in our country and this has everything to do with our culture...... the sitting culture.  We sit for everything; we sit at work, at home, in our cars, on the internet, on our smartphones….. everything we do in our everyday lives involves sitting. 

This has led to a back pain trend that is the most disturbing of all. It's the trend of chronic back pain, pain that never goes away. In 1990 5% of our population had back pain that would not go away.  Most recently a styudy done in North Carolina indicates that number has gone above 10%.  That number has doubled in the last 24 years.

  • As a nation we want good health and our pursuit to reach that objective has led to us becoming desperate.

Trend #1: In the search for relief, our use of prescription pain medication has increased dramatically.

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  • The last two decades have seen a 252% increase in prescription use

  • The number of prescription painkiller abuse cases rose from 40,000 in 1994 to over 300,000 in 2008

  • This is over a 400% increase 

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  • US drug overdose death rates have risen steadily since 1970 and have increased 500%
    since 1990
  • The majority of these accidental deaths are caused by prescription pain relievers.

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According to CDC, there has been at least a 10-fold increase in the medical use of opioid painkillers during the last 20 years because of a movement toward more aggressive management of pain

  • The number of emergency room visits for legal prescription and over-the-counter pain medications was the same as the number for illegal drugs
  • More people died of accidental pain medication overdoses than all illegal drugs combined

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The first trend is that the use of pain medication has dramatecly increased, this trend is very closly connected to our next trend...... Back surgery.

Studies indicate that back operations to eliminate your back pain have gone up and these surgeries directly result in an  increase in the use of pain killers by 41%, specifically opioids. (Narcotics)

Pain medications are involved in more than 20% of deaths occurring in the years after surgery for low back pain.  To find out more about the risks of surgery and certainly the use of the medications necessary for the surgery are a big risk go here.

Recap of Trend #1.

  1. Our use of pain medication to ease our back pains has increased.
  2. The use of the most addictive narcotics has increased by over 1000% in a 20 year time.
  3. The number of overdoses resulting in emergency room visits is increasing.
  4. The number of deaths as a result of pain medication is more than all illegal drugs combined.

Its important to remember that as our use of these pain medications is going up and our accidental death rate form these mecations is going up.  The effect it has on our pain is not getting any better. We have more back pain today then ever in our modern history.

If you are taking perscription medicine for your back pain and your tired of masking the pain. Call now to get your life back.   1-855-290-6404

Dr Jeff

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