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Shocking Statistics of Back Pain Surgery

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 14   |   Comments: 0

Back pain is common. In fact, the vast majority of people at some point in their lives suffer from back or neck pain.  According to a 1998 report by the Journal of Neuroimaging, more than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain, making back pain the second most common reason for seeing a doctor. 

In some cases the cause is minor, perhaps just a strained muscle, and the pain goes away on its own in relative short time. Even in more serious conditions, a herniated disc for example, the pain can and often will go away on its own, given the proper care and therapy. Unfortunately some doctors are too anxious to recommend surgery and suggest it even in cases when it is not necessary. 

According to the John Hopkins White Paper on Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis (2002), fewer than 5% of people with back pain are good candidates for surgery. And just because someone may qualify as a candidate for surgery does not means surgery becomes their only option. As a person who himself suffered two herniated discs causing debilitating sciatica, I was told numerous times by those in the medical profession that I would require surgery, and that it would be my only option. 

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