Recently, Dr. Ai Mukai spoke to hundreds of Freescale employees about one of the most common reasons for missed work…back pain. It accounts for about 30 million visits to the doctor every year and comes with a price tag of $100-$200 billion for those doctor visits, x-rays, MRIs, medications and surgery. But here’s something you may not know…40-50% of people improve within one week of experiencing back pain symptoms, 85-90% improve in 6-12 weeks and 90% resolve without any kind of medical interaction.
Back Pain Culprits
Here are some common physiological causes of chronic back pain. While not all of them cause excruciating pain, they can definitely take its toll.
MYTH: Back Pain Treatment=Surgery
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about back pain treatment is that surgery is the best option. Nothing could be further from the truth.