Back Pain: How Many People Have This Problem?

Lower Back Stretches Can Help Strained Muscles

Lower back stretches may be exactly what you need if you are trying to deal with back pain.

If you are one of the eight out of ten people who (1) suffer from back pain, (2) have been to their physicians and been told that “there is nothing that I can do for you,” (3) get through most days by taking a handful of pills that only seem to “take the edge off,” and (4) are positive that you do not have any active disease process like cancer, kidney problems, or spinal stenosis that is causing your low back pain…then this report was written especially for you.

In a study done at the University of North Carolina Medical School, researchers

“noted that more than 80 percent of Americans will experience an episode of low back pain at some time in their lives and that total costs of the condition are estimated at greater than $100 billion annually, with two-thirds of that due to decreased wages and productivity.” As one doctor explained, “Since the costs of back pain are rising, along with the number of cases, current treatments overall do not seem to be very effective.”

In another report published by the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Virtual Health Care Team ® School of Health Professions stated that “Low back pain (LBP) affects at least 80% of us some time in our lives, perhaps 20-30% of us at any given time. It is usually recurrent, and subsequent episodes tend to increase in severity. It is common in individuals who lead sedentary lives and in those who engage in manual labor. It can occur at any age but is most prevalent during the third to sixth decades of life.”

If you did a search on the FamilyDoctor.org website you may find this quote:

“Many things can cause low back injuries—muscle strain or spasm, sprains of ligaments (which attach bone to bone), joint problems or a “slipped disk.” The most common cause is using your back muscles in activities you’re not used to, like lifting heavy furniture or doing yard work”.

Lower Back Stretches May Prevent injury

And one more point, according to Jonathan Cluett, MD, “Muscle strains and lumbar sprains are the most common causes of low back pain. A low back muscle strain occurs when the muscle fibers are abnormally stretched or torn. A lumbar sprain occurs when the ligaments, the tough bands of tissue that hold bones together, are torn from their attachments. (This implies that the muscle was tight in the first place)

Differentiating a strain from a sprain can be difficult, as both injuries will show similar symptoms. Many doctors refer to both injuries as a category called “musculoligamentous injuries” of the lumbar spine. In general, it doesn’t matter what you call the problem because the treatment and prognosis for both back strains and sprains is the same”.

The common myth about generic back pain is that it’s caused by “weak” back muscles. But, most people’s muscles aren’t weak; they’re tight. Remember: “A low back muscle strain occurs when the muscle fibers are abnormally stretched or torn.” If you have back pain from strained muscles and you can’t remember doing anything out of the ordinary, then your muscles are probably just too tight.

Hit this muscle with a lower back stretches.

One muscle that is typically involved in many cases of lower back pain is the psoas. I wrote about it in another post. Doing some lower back stretches can actually reduce your low back pain significantly.

2 thoughts on “Back Pain: How Many People Have This Problem?”

  1. I have had back pain for more than ten years and I have found the only thing that helps is to do stretches as you say in your post above. Many of those exercises are very good and I can highly recommend them.

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