Tuesday, June 28, 2005

80% of Americans Suffer From Chronic Back Pain but Few Take Easy Steps To Prevent It

Every hour of every day, some 80% of Americans are not only enduring back pain, but contributing to it in the way they sit, walk, exercise, work, and sleep. Unfortunately, despite the fact that back pain affects the lives and livelihoods of so many people, it has remained curiously below the radar in terms of consumer awareness and media coverage. The result: the very same people who are afflicted by chronic back pain virtually around the clock and around the country are unaware of the latest strategies, medical advice and retail products designed to minimize their discomfort or perhaps even prevent it in the first place.

“The public has been well educated on topics such as heart attacks, but not on preventing back injuries,” says Dr. Mark McLaughlin, Neurosurgeon at Princeton Brain and Spine Care. “Back pain is a constant battle. Our spine cycles flex or bend millions of times a year. A car would not be able to tolerate this kind of wear and tear!”

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