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One half of all Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives.
Back symptoms are the most common cause of disability for individuals under the age of 45.
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.
In only 2% of cases where people have back pain, is surgery necessary.
How Does Back Pain Affect Americans?
What is the Impact of Chiropractic?
99% of chiropractic patients said treatment was helpful with their problem, vs. 80% of medical patients
Western Journal of Medicine 1989
Chiropractic is the largest natural healthcare field in the United States. It uses drugless, painless, and non-surgical means to let the body heal itself.
Spine, 1995, 21:339-344
Chiropractic patients were three times more satisfied with their care than patients of family practice physicians.
A two year study conducted by the Italian government followed 17,000 patients. The dramatic results showed that patients under chiropractic care had their hospitalization for back ailments reduced by 87.6% and work loss by 75.5%
Prof. F.Splendori, Chiropractic Therapeutic Effectiveness-Social Importance. Incidence on Absence from Work and Hospitalization. Italy
Without correction of the spine, dysfunction my become self-perpetuating. Pain may be due to disturbed function without any structural damage.
The Back Pain Revolution. Waddell G. MD. 1998
97% of back pain seen by primary care physicians is mechanical in origin--there's something wrong with the muscles, ligaments, or connective tissues.
Mechanical Back Pain. Kuritzky MD. Physician and Sports Medicine 1997: 25 (1):56-64