Back Pain 101

 

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke, back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the U.S., behind headache. 

Who's Impacted?

The direct and indirect health care costs in the USA are estimated to be over $90 billion per year (Phillips, 2004 ). Not only are more people seeking treatment for back pain, but the price of treatment per person continues to increase yearly. In a retrospective study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA; Martin, et al, Feb 2008), researchers at the University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science University compared national data from 3,179 adult patients who reported spine problems in 1997; they found that inflation-adjusted annual medical costs increased from $4,695 per person to $6,096. Despite the rising expenditures, 15 percent of U.S. adults reported back problems in 2008, an increase from 12 percent in 1997.

The need for alternative approaches for the relief of lower back pain is also underscored by other important issues: 

There is continued interest for new lower back pain management products that are non-invasive and non-pharmacologic.