About 31 million Americans are suffering from lower back pain at any given time, and the number isn’t about to significantly go down soon. It is also the single leading cause of disability not just throughout the U.S., but worldwide, according to data from the 2010 Global Burden of Disease.
The root cause for lower back pain among Bergen County residents and people from elsewhere in the world can be traced to a single region of bones in the backbone—the lumbar spine. Made up of five separate lumbar vertebrae, the lumbar spine’s main purpose is to support and bear the combined weight of the torso and the head. It’s characterized by a distinct, natural inward arch.