There has been a lot of research conducted on back pain. These findings are helpful in understanding the magnitude of back pain in our daily lives. The leading cause of disability worldwide is low back pain according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. One half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain.
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