If you hurt a joint or strain a muscle, sometimes there's comfort in knowing that at least others feel your pain. If you're dealing with back pain, many will know exactly what you're going through. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that "back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move."
Patients with low-back pain are better off seeing a physical therapist first, according to a study of 150,000 insurance claims.
Researchers have reported that one-third of people 40-59 years have image-based evidence of moderate to severe degenerative disc disease and more than half had moderate to severe spinal osteoarthritis.
Researchers develop a new way to make back surgery safer, faster and more cost effective. Scientists have developed and tested a 3-dimensional, real-time optical tracking system, like a 'Google Maps' for the body.