Back Pain Epidemic Outpaces Treatment Options
This is the first of a series aired the week of October 6, 2008, by the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, on back pain and treatment options. The numbers are beyond belief: we spend $90 billion a year in the US on back pain treatments; $60,000 per surgery.
The following night they showed this video, Cutting Down on Back Pain Without Surgery. Brian Williams began by saying that they double-checked the numbers from Monday’s broadcast because they were so unbelievable.
They’re real. Check it out:
Robert Bazell ends the video saying, “…but experts say most people should try a non-surgical treatment first.”
A recent study shows 85% reduction in back pain without surgery and with zero serious adverse effects, through 24 lessons in the Alexander Technique. It was published on August 19, 2008 in the British Medical Journal.
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Dana Ben-Yehuda, M. AmSAT Media Spokesperson American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)
and Certified Alexander Teacher