Who Gets Chronic Low Back Pain? Can Spinal Decompression Help?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:33pm
San Francisco Chiropractor and Chronic Back Pain Doctor Comments:
I just re-read the 8 page DRX9000 Special Report I wrote about yesterday on Chronic Low Back Pain (LBP), Spinal Decompression, and the DRX9000. I also decided to check out some expert websites and see what they had to say about Low Back Pain. I'll tell you...it seems like everyone on earth will have low back pain at some point.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, back pain is the second most common neurological condition in the US-only headaches is more common. But...like I already knew...most cases of acute low back pain self-resolve, or respond to conservative treatment, such as chiropractic and physical therapy, or conservative medical care.
It's the 5-10% (depending on the source) of these patients that don't respond to treatment, or have recurring problems with the spine, that become what we call chronic. It is pretty much universally accepted that if a back problem persists for more than 3 months...it is considered chronic.
Then there are varying levels of chronic low back pain...from very mild, to debilitating. What I find really interesting is that one of the best indicators of whether a bout of back pain will become chronic, is a previous episode of low back pain. Since almost everyone in the US will experience an episode of low back pain...does this mean that all these people are now predisposed to chronic back pain???