Back Pain Facts
- 50% of Americans experience back pain to a degree each year.
- 264 million work days a year are missed due to back pain. That equates to two missed work days for every full-time worker in the country.
- Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.
- Back pain is more common in women – 1/3rd of women experiences back pain, compared to 1/4th of men. It is believed to be from hormonal differences, pregnancy, etc.
- Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
Most cases of back pain are not caused by serious underlying conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer, but more of everyday environmental issues such as:
- Occupation: Jobs that requires repetitive bending and lifting, long hours of standing without a break, or sitting in a chair puts the person at greater risk.
- Poor posture: Any type of extended poor posture – such as slouching at a desk, driving hunched over, lifting or bending improperly – over time will significantly increase the risk of developing back pain.
- Being Overweight: Excessive weight increases stress on the lower back.
- Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of exercise not only increases the risk of developing back pain, but also increases the severity of pain in most cases.
- Aging: People over the age of 30 or 40 are more at risk due to wear and tear on the spine.
When to See a Doctor
90% of back pain typically improves within a couple of weeks with home treatment, but contact Dr Sobarzo if the pain:
- Persists despite home treatment
- Is a result of trauma, such as a car accident or fall
- Causes weakness or numbness in the legs
- Is severe of suddenly increases in intensity
- Is accompanied by an unexplained fever
Because back pain is so common, Dr. Sobarzo has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from back pain, over the course of his career. He understands how back pain impacts your life and the life of your loved ones, and his goal is to provide safe, effective, drug-free, non-surgical solutions.
Dr. Sobarzo is now providing back pain treatment in Katy, Texas. Call now to schedule