7/26/13

Low Back Pain: Shocking Facts You Should Know

Pain is the most common reason patients seek medical care, accounting for over 50%of all physician office visits. Specifically, lower back pain affects approximately 31 million Americans each year. Here are some alarming facts:

* Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
  • * One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
* Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.

    * Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.

* Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain solutions—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs (such as over-the-counter painkillers, heat pads, etc)

Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.

Therefore, if you are experiencing lower back pain, you are definitely not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days, while others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions. Therefore, lower back pain may be classified as either acute or chronic.

ACUTE (or short-term) low back pain usually lasts a few days to a few weeks. Normally, acute back pain is mechanical in nature — that is, resulting from a trauma directly to the lower back or from a disorder such as arthritis. Pain caused from trauma includes a sports injury, work around the house, picking up and playing with your kids, shoveling snow, gardening, a sudden jolt, a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. 
Symptoms for acute lower back pain can range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. You may find, however, that pain felt in one part of the body may radiate from a disorder or injury elsewhere in the body. Some acute pain syndromes can become more serious if left untreated.
CHRONIC back pain is measured by duration — for example, pain that has persisted for over 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine, since the person may have opted to leave it untreated for a long period of time hoping it "will go away".

LOWER BACK PAIN RELIEF 
Fortunately, MuscleMagic does wonders for back pain. 

MuscleMagic Pain Relief Cream is an all natural deep penetrating analgesic rub which offers an effective alternative to prescription and internal analgesics, or it can be used to reduce needed dosages of such oral analgesics when used for lower back pain relief. Therefore, it helps to reduce the overdose risks associated with these ingestibles, or they can be conveniently used in conjunction with various post surgical therapies.

MuscleMagic has been designed with precision and balance to incorporate Emu oil, an ingredient in refined products that not only provides moisture, but also transports the products’ other active ingredients to the pain source. This enhanced penetration leads to a fast-acting onset of action, a sensation of deep penetrating heat at the site of application, and a sustained duration of action. Methyl salicylate is included to impart the same effect as over-the-counter pain relief medications to ease pain and reduce swelling. Capsaicin produces a warm, tingling sensation which eases the pain and distracts the athlete’s attention away from the injury, while Camphor is specifically included for its anti-inflammatory properties. 

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