Do you experience back pain? That wouldn’t be surprising if you do. Take a look at these surprising statistics about back pain:
- >31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time.
- >Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities.
- >Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
- >Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country.
- >Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.
- >Back pain can affect people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly.
- >Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders.
- >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.
- >Most people with low back pain recover, however reoccurrence is common and for a small percentage of people the condition will become chronic and disabling.
- >Worldwide, the number of years lived with disability caused by low back pain have increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015.
- >Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year8—add in lost wages and decreased productivity and that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion.
-“Back Pain Facts and Statistics” (acatoday.org)
This infographic is courtesy of TheGoodBody.com.
Did you know that back pain is a side effect of a diastasis recti which is a separation of the outermost abdominal muscles? The job of the outermost abdominal muscles (rectus abominis) is to support your back. When the muscles separate and the connective tissue stretches sideways, it is now the connective tissue supporting the back instead of the muscle if they were together. So closing a diastasis will definitely help your back pain.
Laura Weisberg, a physical therapist trained in the Tupler Technique® shared a letter from one of her clients. This woman has had back problems for 25 years! Here is her letter.
“IT IS TRULY AMAZING For more than 25 years, I had regular mid back pain, ranging from slight to severe. About two years ago, my SI joint upslipped and rotated. Through physical therapy I had been able to manage it-but it would be OK for a week or maybe two and then it upslipped and or rotated and the pain returned. I would get it adjusted and a week of two later, it upslipped and/or rotated and I needed it adjusted again. Sitting was the worst, so I often brought a mat with me so I could lie down rather than sit. I dreaded car rides and airplane rides.
And then, six weeks, ago, I started the Tupler Technique® Course at Forward Physical Therapy. My first class was the day before I flew to NY and Italy for a three week vacation. I almost did not go on this trip because I feared what all the flying and driving would do to my back. But I did my exercises, wore by Tupler splint, and lo and behold, despite flights, car rides, and no visit to the physical therapist, I HAD NO PAIN! I could not believe it. My mid back pain is now rare and mild and my SI joint remains level and I have no lower back pain. And my stomach is getting smaller, but that is just a bonus. It is the virtual end of back pain problems that had made me a believer in the Tupler method.”
Watch my video about back pain: