Employers are targetting back pain through wellness plans

Employee Benefit News (EBN) reports that back pain relief is gaining popularity as a wellness plan offering. Nearly half of Americans suffer from musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain and the annual cost of treatment and absenteeism to employers is around $213 billion annually.

By targeting back pain through wellness programs and low-cost interventions such as wearables, on-site clinics with chiropractors or physical therapists and acupuncture, industry experts contend that employers can minimize the much costlier use of medications and major surgery.

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Smart underwear for back-pain sufferers?

Vanderbilt University engineers are developing something that might be able to prevent back pain… smart underwear!

They are developing a device, designed to be worn under regular clothing, that would activate elastic bands to relieve stress on back muscles when people are doing physical tasks. The project is supported by funding from Vanderbilt, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, according to a statement from the university.  Read more about this here.

Examination of different approaches to treating non-specific back pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor.  About 85% suffer from is what doctors call “nonspecific low back pain.” that means the pain has no detectable cause — like a tumor, pinched nerve, infection, and so forth.

Chronic nonspecific back pain is difficult to treat. This article examines different approaches to treating this pain, the bottom line of it  that exercise not medical treatment might be the most effective weapon.

I am a back pain sufferer. My back did not fall into this “non-specific” category I had a herniated disk and had two surgeries dealing with it.  The first surgery was very effective until I re-herniated the same disk three years later.   The second surgery (fusion) corrected the pain, but did not return totally back to normal in a way that the doctors did not explain.  The upside that I am not in constant pain, the down side I had to re-invent my lifestyle and hobbies.  To read more about my experience see “Step by Step Back Surgery. A Recovery Guide: What your doctor can’t tell you” and to see what physical excercises I find most effective I invite you to read “Show Some Spine! The Most Effective Physical Therapy Exercises for a Strong Back”