This is Part Two in a series discussing the most dangerous trends currently being seen in back pain and sciatica treatment. If you missed Part One, Click Here!
In the first part of this series we began the discussion about the most dangerous trends in treating back pain and sciatica. We mentioned how there was a recent poll in which people said the two things that mattered most to them was to have good health and to have a happy family. Unfortunately, back pain and sciatica can interfere with one or both of those, and we talked about several statistics that showed that.
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9 out of 10 people are affected by Back Pain or Sciatica, and every person on the planet is indirectly affected by it. It is the second most common reason that people go to see their doctor. The number one reason is depression, and it is not surprising that 54% of people with chronic back pain or sciatica also suffer from depression.
Back pain has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Consider the following facts:
- We spend over $31 Billion Dollars every year in visits to a doctor's office due to back pain or sciatica
- The total cost in the United States for back problems is over $100 Billion Dollars a year. This accounts for medical care, lost productivity, and worker's compensation payments.
- We are currently spending more money on treating back pain then we are on treating cancer
In 1990, 5% of people in the United States suffered from chronic back pain. Currently that number is over 10%.
The number of people suffering from Chronic Back Pain has more than doubled in the last 25 years.
One of the main reasons that back pain has become so epidemic in our society is because we have become a "sitting culture." Most everything we do in our everyday lives involves sitting; we sit at work, in our cars, at home, even while we're on the internet or using our smartphones. All of this sitting has led to more and more people having chronic back pain, which is pain that does not go away. This great increase in people with Chronic Back Pain is what has led to the 5 most dangerous trends in treatment for it.
Dangerous Trend #1: The use of prescription pain medications has dramatically increased
In the search for relief from their back pain and sciatica, more and more people are turning to prescription drugs, to a dangerous extent. According to the Center for Disease Control, medical use of opioid painkillers has increased by at least 10 times as much over the last 20 years. The following statistics regarding prescription pain medication is shocking:
- There has been a 252% increase in prescription drug use over the last two decades
- The number of cases of prescription painkiller abuse rose from 40,000 in 1994 to over 300,000 in 2008. This is an increase of over 400%.
- The number of emergency room visits for legal prescription or over-the-counter pain medications was the same as the number for illegal drugs
- Death rates for drug overdoses in the U.S. has increased by over 500% since 1990. The majority of these accidental deaths are caused by prescription pain relievers. In fact, more people died from accidental overdoses than from all illegal drugs COMBINED.
Perhaps what is most dangerous about this trend is that as the use of prescription pain medications goes up, the accidental death rate from those medications is also going up, but the effect they have on back pain is still not improving. People are in more back pain today than they have ever been.
Remember, this is Part Two in this series. Part Three will continue the discussion of the 5 Most Dangerous Trends in Treating Back Pain and Sciatica, coming soon!
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