At some point in your life, you’ve probably suffered from back pain. Maybe you overdid it playing with the kids last weekend. Maybe you were putting in long hours at the office, hunched over your computer trying to get that big project wrapped up in time. Some people, who simply get up in the morning and experience pain and a related limited range of motion, will tell their friends and coworkers they must have slept in the wrong position.
Maybe you’re among the many Americans who suffer from chronic or persistent back pain. You may not even know what first caused the problem, you just know it hurts!
“Back pain is one of the top reasons that people begin to lose mobility in middle age,” Harvard Health Publishing, part of the Harvard Medical School, says. “Pain can keep people from engaging in physical activity, making it more difficult for them to maintain a healthy weight and keep up their strength, stamina, and balance as they age. So treating and managing back pain that results from injuries or health problems is crucial for staying on the path of a healthy and active life.”
The mattress you sleep on is an important aspect of managing back pain. “Considering that most people spend roughly a third of their lives lying in bed, choosing the right mattress is essential for managing low back pain. It can make the difference in whether you can sleep at night and function the next day,” Harvard Health Publishing says.
It used to be that anyone complaining of persistent back pain was told to sleep on a firm mattress – a very firm mattress! “While that used to be the common wisdom, there’s no solid research behind it. The latest thinking is that there isn’t one type of mattress that’s best for everyone, including people with chronic back pain,” WebMD reports. “Let personal preference guide you, and choose what feels most comfortable.”
The majority of Americans will experience back pain during the course of their lives. Getting treatment for that pain is a huge expense. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) estimated that, “the total incremental cost of health care due to pain ranged from $261 to $300 billion.” When you factor in lost productivity due to time off from work, they report, “The total financial cost of pain to society, which combines the health care cost estimates and the three productivity estimates, ranges from $560 to $635 billion.” And that’s in 2010 dollars! It’s almost scary to try and imagine what the figure must be today.
“We found that the annual cost of pain was greater than the annual costs in 2010 dollars of heart disease ($309 billion), cancer ($243 billion), and diabetes ($188 billion) and nearly 30 percent higher than the combined cost of cancer and diabetes,” the NCBI said after reviewing 15 studies of chronic pain.
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