And most doctors believe the claim that 90% of all episodes of low back pain will resolve within one month. But a May 1998 study in the British Medical Journal that followed the progress of a widespread sample of back pain patients’ conditions 12 months after their initial medical consultation, found that only one out of four patients saw their pain resolved. Sadly, three out of four continued to suffer.
Patients' actual level of back pain after 12 months:
No Pain and NO Disability-25%
Continuing Pain or Disability-25%
Pain AND Disability-50%
Some may include bed rest, medication, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy or injections. Like so many others, you may be frustrated and have come to the realization that you may just have to learn to live with the pain. (Even your family doctor may say those exact words to you.) After trying and failing with everything else, perhaps you’re even considering surgery as a last attempt to end your suffering.