Back Pain: Hurting Bodies, Businesses, & Costing Billions

Lower back pain strikes 85-90% of Americans at some point. It is the leading diagnosis in countless physical therapy offices and “is also the leading cause of lost time at work, and billions of dollars are spent each year diagnosing and treating low back pain.” What do all of these statistics mean? Plain and simple: Lower back pain doesn’t discriminate, and physical therapists are the first to answer your agony-stricken call.

Causes of Lower Back Pain

Very Well Health lists common causes of sprain and strain on the lower back as the following:

  • “Lifting a heavy object, or twisting the spine while lifting”
  • “Sudden movements that place too much stress on the low back, such as a fall”
  • “Poor posture over time”
  • “Sports injuries, especially in sports that involve twisting or large forces of impact”

Lower back pain is an equal opportunity assailant who doesn’t care about your responsibilities, intentions, or plans.

Lower Back Pain Revealed

The good news is lower back pain isn’t the body’s Harry Houdini, escaping without a trace and mystifying its host. Lower back pain leaves a crippling mark that’s easy to pinpoint. “The World Health Organization estimates that in the United States, 149 million days of work are lost due to low back pain. It is the leading cause of inactivity among adults, and it can result in other health issues if left untreated.” When you think of lower back pain, think of days missed at work, social invitations turned down, memories with family lost, and your decisions dictated by your pain.

Don’t be too proud to seek help when pain burdens your life. Live your life; don’t just survive it. When lower back pain is a permanent resident of your body, survival is one of the only options available. Let licensed, knowledgeable, and creditable physical therapists such as Performance Physical Therapy & Wellness (PPTW) help you lessen and, in some cases, alleviate your pain.

Seek Performance Physical Therapy & Wellness when lower back pain terrorizes your body. If you don’t, pain will guide your decisions instead of your mind and heart. Give us a call today at (419) 763-1464

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