Another Monday, another day of aching pain in your back. An estimated 80 percent of Americans will experience a back problem at least once in their lives, and more than 25 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 64 frequently have back pain.
TODAY has just launched a new series, all about the 100 million Americans who suffer from continuing pain — something that costs an estimated $560 billion annually, according to the Institutes of Medicine. The series is called Feeling Better Head to Toe, and today, the focus is on back pain.
In workers 40 to 65 years old, back pain costs employers an estimated $7.4 million every year.
“There were times when I would be sitting at work and I couldn’t even concentrate on work; I was just focused on how much pain was throbbing,” Daniel Ashley, who suffers from back pain after first injuring his back about three decades ago, told TODAY.
And this isn’t just a problem that comes with old age, says Dr. Nick Shamie, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We tend to see this problem in younger individuals: Working class, people in their active years,” Shamie says.
Full story of back pain and health at Today.com