Most certainly low back pain can be quite painful. The good news is that most cases respond well with non-surgical treatments such as spinal decompression traction. However, it has been estimated that 50 per cent of all patients who suffer from an episode of low back pain will have a recurrent episode within one year.
The costs associated with diagnostic procedures alone are estimated at $50 billion yearly. Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work, lack of exercise and can take you away from regular tasks. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
The personal costs are immeasurable from chronic pain alone, pain sometimes so great that it interferes with a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.