Ever wonder if you are the only one suffering from back pain? According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), an estimated 31 million people in the United States live with chronic lower back pain (LBP). Each year, 50-percent of all working adults in the U.S. report low back pain, and it is a common cause for missing work. Now, while almost everyone will experience low back pain sometime in their life, the reasons for the pain can differ between individuals.
Lower back pain often occurs in the lumbar region of the spine, which supports the weight of the entire upper body but is also girdled by the erector spinae muscles, obliques, and transverse abdominis muscles. Five vertebrae (L1-L5) make up the lumbar spine.
If you are experiencing LBP along with a loss of bladder or bowel control and function, leg weakness, and fever, call 911 immediately.
However, most cases of low back pain are not as serious and can be resolved in 2-4 weeks when properly treated.
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