Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability. Up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. The annual cost of back pain in the United States alone is in excess of 100 billion dollars with the global amount exceeding one trillion. In addition to the discomfort and economic impact, emerging research is showing that chronic back pain dramatically increases the risk and occurrence of stroke in people of all age groups. A comprehensive study compared more than 10,000 chronic low back pain patients with 20,000 patients without low back pain, over an eight-year tracking period. It was demonstrated that chronic low back pain is associated with an increased risk of strokes, especially ischemic stroke, and the association was most prominent in patients that were less than 50 years old. Fibromyalgia disorder presents a higher risk for stroke development, with a more pronouncement in the younger patient. Start your journey to better back health and freedom from pain. Please give us a call at (904) 363-3374 to get more information or to schedule an appointment.
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