Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in the world. Roughly 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. At any one time, about 30 percent of adults suffer from low back pain and 15 percent experience neck pain. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that two non-surgical treatment protocols led to a reduction in spine pain-related disability after 3 months. These treatment protocols – a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial intervention or an individualized postural therapy intervention – can be implemented by primary-care providers. These programs have the potential to not only decrease a very common cause of pain and loss of function afflicting millions of people, but they could also reduce healthcare costs compared to traditional injections and surgery as well.
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