That’s approximately 3.7 million people within our population that suffer from symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness in the legs and many more. What’s more alarming is that many individuals who suffer from back pain are often provided with incorrect treatment and advice.
Once complicated and serious pathologies such as cancer, fracture, infections and arthritis are ruled out, physical therapy and alternative therapies have proven to be the most beneficial and less invasive approach to nonspecific lower back pain. Treatments such as spinal injections are believed to be “part of the medicalization of lower back pain” as quoted by Dr. Buchbinder, a professor and researched of clinical epidemiology at Monash University. Spinal fusion is another approach to nonspecific lower back pain that is “highly invasive with little evidence to merit the procedure”.