2. Back pain is also one of the most prevalent work-related injuries. It can be caused by seemingly small everyday things like sitting posture or commonly by hyperextension due to lifting heavy items, straining or falls.
3. At least 50% of working Americans report having back pain symptoms every year.
4. However, only 15% of Americans are treated for back pain each year (41 million people).
5. At any given time, an estimated 10% of the US population is experiencing back pain – adding up to about 31 million back pain sufferers right now.
6. People with back pains spend an average of 2x more on healthcare ($7,000 versus $4,000 annually) than people without back pain.
7. The direct costs for healthcare due to back pain add up to a whopping $86 billion annually in the US, costing employers $7 billion in healthcare payouts and another $100-$200 billion in lost wages and production.
8. People in back pain are 3x more likely to be inactive, 3x more likely to be in poor health, and 5x more likely to be in psychological distress than those without it.
9. Too often, people wait until their back pain gets acute before they seek help, and then they visit a MD first, where they are often over-prescribed potentially dangerous and highly addictive opioid painkillers that only mask the pain.
10. Visiting a chiropractor should be the first option to treat back pain, safely and effectively treating the root cause without painkillers and risky surgeries.