"Like an expensive but temperamental sports car, the human spine is beautifully designed and maddeningly unreliable." Low back pain is the No. 2 reason for doctor visits (after coughs and other respiratory infections). "Already, back-pain sufferers cost this country more than $100 billion dollars annually in medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work."
". . . spinal fusion surgery, the most costly (about $34,000 each) and invasive form of therapy, has spiked dramatically - 77 percent in the United States between 1996 and 2001. But many of these procedures simply don't work."
"Doctors, worried that far too many patients seem far too willing to go under the knife, are now actively looking for simpler, more effective ways to treat one of the most vexing problems in medicine."
Dr. David Eisenberg, head of Harvard Medical School's Osher Institute says, "We've come to a point where we have to think out of the box. The time is now."
"Chiropractic treatment, the most popular non-surgical back therapy is booming, with 60,000 chiropractors practicing today, a 50 percent increase since 1990."