Some researchers estimate the global market for back pain treatment is over $60 billion a year and is growing at more than 5.5% a year.
And it's no wonder: never before in human history have we been not so young. In 1930, old people were 5.4% of the inhabitants. Nowadays, one in three Americans is over 50. By 2030, one in five will be over 65. Old folks now represent 12.9% of the inhabitants.
And in case you are like most people, you realize that growing old brings a host of medical issues including chronic back pain. A study in 2010 set long-term back pain at number three of the most burdensome states in the U.S. — only behind ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
We understand what causes it.
Round maintains the spaces between the vertebrae, rubbery pads called intervertebral discs that act like shock absorbers through the spinal column to cushion the bones as the body moves. Bands of tissue known as ligaments hold the vertebrae in position, and tendons attach the muscles to the spinal column. Thirty-one pairs of nerves are rooted to the spinal cord and they control body movements and conduct signals in the body to the mind.
Most people understand the grinding pain of the lower back. Several years ago, I was becoming my damn back harm, and fat and slothful sitting at my desk trading stocks. Not shockingly, hit the fitness center and the remedy for me was to go on a diet. Within a year I didn't have any more back pain and raised my core strength and had dropped 20 pounds. That is a fairly common story. Every day it occurs.
But that's not what we're talking about…
We are talking about those who have spinal disks which are smashed, bashed, or broken as a result of aging, genetics, or injuries.
For these people, the usual remedy is lots of pain medications, epidural steroid injections, or spinal fusion surgery. Find the research article at back pain discussion forum