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The Top Cause of Disability Is Usually Mistreated


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  • Up to 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain at some time in their life, many of whom are prescribed opioid painkillers and given instruction to rest
  • A global study demonstrates this treatment often extends your disability and increases your risk of addiction to opioids and heroin, while remaining active and off painkillers or over-the-counter drugs shortens your rehabilitation
  • Mistreating lower back pain contributes to rising opioid addiction, now claiming top spot as the leading cause of death in people under 50 in the U.S.
  • Remaining active as able, correcting posture problems and walking mechanics, developing a strong core, increasing flexibility and treating pain without drugs help to improve your symptoms and reduce your chances of experiencing low back pain again

By Dr. Mercola

Up to 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain at some time in their life. Multiple studies have demonstrated complaints of lower back pain have risen dramatically over the past decades. Ranking 12th as a cause of disability in 1990, it has risen to the leading cause of disability in nearly all high income countries in the Global Burden of Disease study from 2017.

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