You’ve likely already seen the statistics on low back pain. Up to 80% of us will have an episode of back pain at some point in our lives. For many people this pain doesn’t go away and may become chronic or recurring. Low back pain is the main cause of disability worldwide and leads to billions of dollars spent on healthcare for this condition alone.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

“In 2004, the estimated annual direct cost of treating back pain was $193.9 billion. Between 1996 and 2004, the cost of spine conditions, in 2004 dollars, increased by 49 percent. The largest share of increase was related to prescription medications. In addition, annual indirect costs for lost wages resulting from back pain were estimated to add another $22.4 billion to this cost.”

One of the most common ways people try to deal with low back pain is to take over-the-counter ( like Tylenol) or prescription medications. More and more research is showing that not only are there very real and harmful side effects to these drugs, but they might not be as helpful as they were thought to be in helping manage low back pain.

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