I remember lying on the gym floor, struggling to get up on my feet. I had just finished a workout and my back was so sore I could hardly take it. Feelings of acute muscle pain and tightness led me to become close friends with the athletic trainer, make frequent trips to the chiropractor and walk like a concrete statue.
- According to the American Chiropractic Association, low back pain is the leading cause of disability in the world.
- Four out of five people will experience some type of back pain in their lifetime.
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons employees miss work, with nearly half of all U.S. workers having back pain symptoms each year.
- Back pain is the second-most common reason for doctor visits every year.
- The U.S. spends more than $50 billion per year treating back pain. Yes, billion. And that’s only for direct costs. With the additional costs of lost personal income due to physical inability, this estimate is around $85 billion per year.
What can you do to prevent back pain? Try to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Be sure to stretch before and after you exercise. Avoid long periods of inactivity or bed rest. Maintain proper posture and wear comfortable, supportive shoes. When you are experiencing back pain, don’t hesitate to see a specialist. Schedule an appointment to see a chiropractor (or “bone breaker,” as my dad calls them). Take control of your back pain before it takes control of you. And remember, you’re not alone in your fight against back pain.
They say pain is weakness leaving the body. If that’s the case, we’re going to have some strong backs.