One in four Americans has suffered for more than half a decade with neck or back pain, according to new research.
“People don’t want to keep masking their pain with drugs, and they see surgery as a last-resort option, so they’re starting to explore alternative medicine to try to get to the root of the problem.”
A study examining the source of people’s back and neck problems and their methods for managing the pain found four in five Americans have experienced back or neck pain at some point, with 16 percent enduring over ten years’ worth of discomfort.
Whether it originated from a car accident, fall, lifting something wrongly, pregnancy, or simply sleeping in a funny position ‒ seven in ten experiencing back or neck pain said their discomfort interfered with their day-to-day activities.
Shockingly, 56 percent of back and neck pain sufferers feel their work environment actually aggravates their aches and pains.
The survey of 2,000 Americans was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Teeter, and provided insight on the various triggers for back and neck pain as well as the approaches people take to try to relieve it.
So, what are people doing that’s putting their back on the brink? Results showed that in those who have had back and neck problems, heavy lifting (57 percent), sitting too long (51 percent), bending over (45 percent), and poor mattresses all ranked high on a list of pain aggravators.
One in four blamed office chairs for triggering spasms while one in five admitted that doing laundry can exacerbate their back or neck pain. Routine daily tasks such as carrying groceries, taking the stairs, and driving can spark discomfort as well with 25 percent reporting the pain lasted longer than a week.
Forty-five percent of sufferers reported their pain has resulted in negative effects on their abilities at work, fitness, and even overall happiness.
With so many possible ways for someone to irritate their back or neck, people have searched far and wide for the perfect remedy. Three in five Americans who’ve had back and neck aches use over-the-counter pain relievers to manage their discomfort while 45 percent have a prescription from their doctor.
Not everyone is a fan of going the pharmaceutical route when it comes to finding solutions for their pain and a large number are turning towards more natural alternatives.
Three in five have tried home remedies or alternative healing methods for back and neck discomfort -- and people over 55 are particularly interested in non-traditional healing techniques since one in two are aiming to be as natural as possible.