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How to Avoid the Number One Cause of Disability—Safe, Effective Treatments for Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

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  • Globally, one out of every 10 people suffers from lower back pain. Chronic back pain is also the number one cause of job disability worldwide
  • In the US, back pain accounts for 10 percent of all primary care doctors visits each year, costing Americans as much as $86 billion annually
  • Chronic back pain is, in turn, one of the primary reasons why people get hooked on prescription painkillers. Deaths caused by overdosing on painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US
  • Typically, chronic back pain will result in a prescription for a painkiller. Surgery is another overused and largely ineffective strategy that rarely leads to recovery
  • I strongly recommend avoiding surgery until or unless you’ve exhausted other treatment options, which include chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and most importantly, K-Laser treatment

By Dr. Mercola

It's estimated that, globally, one out of every 10 people suffer from lower back pain. The problem appears to be particularly prevalent in the US. According to earlier estimates, as many as eight out of 10 Americans struggle with back pain.

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