This article on Mercola.com on low back pain lays out a clear understanding of how common and costly lower back pain is for people. It is estimated that approximately 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. It is one of the most common reasons for work absenteeism.
In most cases, lower back pain is not caused by a serious medical condition. This article clearly demonstrates that the use of over-the-counter medications and/or prescription medications, especially prescriptive medications that fall into the opiate category, have the potential to have serious adverse effects and addictive properties.
There is help for low back pain and many drug-free options. Many recommendations are made in this article for ways to avoid potential serious low back pain, with simple modifications at work, healthy lifestyle changes, and cost-effective chiropractic treatment when necessary.