Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is more common than you think…
Suffering from low back pain? You’re not alone. Far from it!


You’re not alone. Far from it. Just look at the following statistics:

  • 80-90% of all adults will suffer with low back pain at some
    time in their life
  • Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability for
    people under 45 years of age
  • Lower back pain is the second leading cause of visits to
    doctors’ offices
  • Lower back pain is the third leading reason for hospital
  • Annual costs of back pain range from $20-$75 billion in
    the U.S. alone
  • Studies indicate that 15-20% of the population have
    lower back pain in any given year… approximately 32
    million cases.


One of the biggest “accepted” myths about back pain is that it goes away all by itself, without any treatment.

And most doctors believe the claim that 90% of all episodes of low back pain will resolve within one month. But a May 1998 study in the British Medical Journal that followed the progress of a widespread sample of back pain patients’ conditions 12 months after their initial medical consultation, found that only one out of four patients saw their pain resolved. Sadly, three out of four continued to suffer.

Patients’ actual level of back pain after 12 months:
No Pain and NO Disability-25%
Continuing Pain or Disability-25%
Pain AND Disability-50%


If you’re like many patients we’ve seen over the years, you’ve probably tried several prescribed remedies to help ease your chronic pain.

Some may include bed rest, medication, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy or injections. Like so many others, you may be frustrated and have come to the realization that you may just have to learn to live with the pain. (Even your family doctor may say those exact words to you.) After trying and failing with everything else, perhaps you’re even considering surgery as a last attempt to end your suffering.


Consider these facts about INVASIVE back surgery:

    • U.S. surgeons perform more than a half-million surgical procedures
      on the back every year
    • Back surgery is performed in the United States at a rate 40% higher
      than in eleven other developed countries and at five times the rate
      performed in England and Scotland
    • The majority of back surgeries are unsuccessful. (And some studies
      indicate the success rate at less than 60%.) Once you have back
      surgery, the chances of needing a second surgery are very high
    • Approximately 25,000 to 50,000 documented “failed back surgery
      syndrome” cases occur each year
    • A study published in the medical journal SPINE followed 109 patients
      for 12 years after back surgery. They found that satisfactory results
      were found in only 64% of the patients, while 28% complained of
      significant back or leg pain, and 7.3% had a repeat operation
    • Another, larger study, also published in SPINE, followed the long-term
      results of 575 back surgery patients. According to the study, 70% still
      complained of back pain. Of those; 83% experienced constant heavy
      pain, 45% residual sciatica, 47% received some form of disability, and
      17% required a repeat surgery