Research suggests that 50% of Americans will suffer from low back pain during their lifetime, with 35% of you suffering at any given moment. Low back pain is a significant expense to Americans, with over $50 billion spent each year on surgeries, medicines, and therapies to help manage the pain. When you start looking at indirect costs, like loss of productivity in the workplace due to pain, that number doubles to over $100 billion spent each year. This is called presenteeism – employees show up for work but often do not perform their best due to their pain or being under the influence of pain medication.
Turning to medication is often the strategy in the traditional medical model. Low back pain is one of the most significant catalysts for our current opioid epidemic as medical doctors scramble to treat the pain instead of getting to the root cause of the problem. We all know the cost of the opioid epidemic if addiction settles in, not only the toll it takes on bank accounts but also on relationships and quality of life. We’d like to help as many people as possible avoid that at all costs.