Musculoskeletal problems, muscle strain or injury to ligaments are major clinical and public health problems. It is a cause of lost productivity and morbidity. It is consequently, a high cause of severe economic burden. Total costs of healthcare related to low back pain is estimated to be $96 million a year. 12% of patients suffering from chronic lower back pain will be on disability.
- Socioeconomic, psychological and or psychosocial problems, hard work, age, weight, poor general health status can be contributing factors for chronic back pain.
Complaints of back pain are is of the most common reasons people visit doctors. Conventional treatments for the relief of lower back pain are one-size-fits all management strategy:
- Analgesics, education and physical exercises.
Pharmacologic drugs are mostly used to stop inflammation. Limited benefits have been recorded. Steroidal pills like naproxen, cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitors or coxibs are the major recommended therapy.
- The health risks of taking analgesics is an important factor of death related cases. Vascular problems and upper gastrointestinal complications are major outcomes.
- Alternative medicine: remedies for lower back pain.