Harvard Health Blog
Low back pain, the scourge of mankind: It is the second leading cause of disability here in the United States, and the fourth worldwide. It's also one of the top five medical problems for which people see doctors. Almost every day that I see patients, I see someone with back pain. It's one of the top reasons for lost wages due to missed work, as well as for healthcare dollars spent, hence, a very expensive problem.
Looking at two kinds of back pain
Let's talk about the most common forms of back pain: acute (which lasts less than four weeks) and subacute (which lasts four to 12 weeks). Most of these cases (approximately 85 percent) are due to...