Friday, August 07, 2020

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Back Pain, Back Problems and Backaches

If you've ever groaned, "Oh, my aching back!", you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. Back pain can range from a dull constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture discs, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements - for example, picking up a pencil from the floor - can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots and bone loss.

If your back or neck pain is severe or doesn't improve after three days, you should call your health care provider. You should also seek medical attention if you have back pain following an injury. Read Legal Disclaimers.

A few interesting facts about back pain:
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  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • Most causes 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 close to $100 billion each year on back pain - and that's just for the easily identified costs.
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
  • An estimated 3-4% of the population is temporarily disabled, and 1% of the working-age population is disabled totally and permanently due to lower back pain.
  • Low Back Pain is the 5th most frequent cause for hospitalization and the 3rd most common reason to undergo surgery.

If you are one of the many who suffer from back or neck pain, there are effective treatment options.