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  • FACT:

    A combination of strength training, flexibility training, and aerobic exercise is likely the most effective method for treating low back pain.1 – NCBI

  • FACT:

    Exercise therapy improves back pain intensity, disability, and long-term function, and is superior to traditional therapies.2 – NCBI

  • FACT:

    Lifestyle is the main factor contributing to Americans’ back pain. 54% of Americans that experience back pain spend their day sitting. (American Physical Therapy Association (2012) Most Americans Live with Low Back Pain and Don’t Seek Treatment.3 – APTA

  • FACT:

    Only 23% of Americans realize that correct posture has a positive effect on back pain.4 – BusinessWire.com

  • FACT:

    Leaning forward in an attempt to get closer to the computer screen puts 3 to 4 times more strain on the lower backs.5 – Spine-Health.com

  • FACT:

    In 2005, the average amount of money spent by a back pain sufferer per year on back pain was $2,580, with poor outcomes.6 – WEBMD

  • FACT:

    Combined exercise programs are more effective for reducing pain levels in back pain sufferers than strength exercise alone.7 – NCBI

  • FACT:

    Core stabilization programs have been shown to significantly reduce chronic low back pain by 39%-76.8%, and a muscular strength program significantly reduced back pain by 61.6%.8 – NCBI

  • FACT:

    Strength/resistance and coordination/stabilization exercise programs are more beneficial vs other interventions in the treatment of chronic low back pain.9 – SAGE PUB

  • FACT:

    60%-80% of back pain sufferers have a recurrence within two years.10 – med.umich.edu

  • FACT:

    For exercise to remain protective against future LBP, it is likely that ongoing exercise is required.11 – JAMA

  • FACT:

    Opioids (the commonly prescribed pain medication for back pain) don’t actually help many patients with chronic low back pain.12 – Journals.lww.com

  • FACT:

    There is no clinically meaningful difference in outcomes between patients who got spinal fusion (which has become more and more popular in the US over the years) and those who got a nonsurgical treatment for back pain.13 – uptodate.com

  • FACT:

    On average, spinal fusions cost $75,000 for the surgery alone. Subsequent costs, such as rehab and weeks off work, make this figure even higher.14 – ehs.okstate.edu

  • FACT:

    Physical activity can help relieve back and neck pain, while being inactive can delay a person’s recovery.15 – NCBI

  • FACT:

    Low to moderate aerobic exercise appears to reduce the need for physical therapy referrals and pain medication prescriptions for low back pain patients.16 – NCBI

  • FACT:

    MRI scans for the back are on the rise, and linked to high costs and relatively low success rates.17 – jabfm.org

  • FACT:

    80% of Americans will experience significant back pain over their lifetime.18 – WEB MD

  • FACT:

    Physical activity can help relieve pain, while being inactive can delay a person’s recovery.19 – ahrq-ehc-application.s3.amazonaws.com

  • FACT:

    Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in the United States.20 – acatoday.org

  • FACT:

    According to a 2008 study by the American Medical Association, more U.S. health care dollars, $86 Billion, are spent treating back and neck pain than almost any other medical condition. This was an increase of 65% from 1997.21 – WEB MD

  • FACT:

    More than one million back injuries are sustained in the workplace every year.22 – des.umd.edu

  • FACT:

    Adults with back pain are 4 times more likely to experience mental distress.23 – cdc.gov

  • FACT:

    Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.24 – acatoday.org

Various organizations have gathered facts on, studied, and analyzed back and neck pain and ways to treat such pain. The above facts are direct quotes from third-party organizations that are not associated or affiliated with BackForever, nor do such organizations endorse the BackForever program.

1 Gordon, Rebecca, and Saul Bloxham. “A Systematic Review of the Effects of Exercise and Physical Activity on Non-Specific Chronic Low Back Pain.” Healthcare, MDPI, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4934575/.
2 van, M, et al. “Exercise Therapy for Chronic Nonspecific Low-Back Pain.” Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20227641.
3 Neil, Amber. “Most Americans Live with Low Back Pain – and Don't Seek Treatment.” APTA, American Physical Therapy Association, 4 June 2012, www.apta.org/Media/Releases/Consumer/2012/4/4/.
4 “Millions of Americans Sacrifice to Relieve Back Pain According to Survey Commissioned by BackJoy.” Business Wire, BackJoy, 5 May 2015, www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150505005285/en/Millions-Americans-Sacrifice-Relieve-Pain-Survey-Commissioned.
5 Burke, Stephanie. “Watch Your Back Video: Tips for Good Back Health in Office Chairs.” Spine-Health, Spine Health, 8 May 2016, www.spine-health.com/blog/watch-your-back-video-tips-good-back-health-office-chairs.
6 Boyles, Salynn. “$86 Billion Spent on Back, Neck Pain.” WebMD, WebMD, 12 Feb. 2008, www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20080212/86-billion-spent-on-back-neck-pain.
7 Belluz, Julia. “A Comprehensive Guide to the New Science of Treating Lower Back Pain.” Vox, Vox, 4 Aug. 2017, www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/4/15929484/chronic-back-pain-treatment-mainstream-vs-alternative.
8 Gordon, Rebecca, and Saul Bloxham. “A Systematic Review of the Effects of Exercise and Physical Activity on Non-Specific Chronic Low Back Pain.” Healthcare, MDPI, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4934575/.
9 Searle , Angela, et al. “Exercise Interventions for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials.” Clinical Rehabilitation, University of Newcastle, 13 Feb. 2015, journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269215515570379.
10 Chiodo, Anthony. “Low Back Pain Guidelines .” University of Michigan Low Back Pain Guidelines, University of Michigan , Jan. 2010, www.med.umich.edu/1info/FHP/practiceguides/back/back.pdf.
11 Steffens, PhD Daniel. “Prevention of Low Back Pain.” JAMA Internal Medicine, American Medical Association, 1 Feb. 2016, jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2481158.
12 Krebs, Erin. “Landmark Trial Punctures the Myth That Opioids Provide... : The Back Letter.” LWW, Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 1 July 2017, journals.lww.com/backletter/Citation/2017/07000/Landmark_Trial_Punctures_the_Myth_That_Opioids.1.aspx.
13 Chou, Roger. “Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Surgical Treatment.” UpToDate.com, Uptodate, 11 Mar. 2016, www.uptodate.com/contents/subacute-and-chronic-low-back-pain-surgical-treatment.
14 Hope, T. and Ince, S. (2009) The Truth About Back Surgery. [Online] Available from: http://www.orthopaedicsurgery.uci.edu/pdf/rosengoodhousekeeping.pdf
15 Gordon, Rebecca, and Saul Bloxham. “A Systematic Review of the Effects of Exercise and Physical Activity on Non-Specific Chronic Low Back Pain.” Healthcare, MDPI, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4934575/.
16 Sculco, A D, et al. “Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Low Back Pain Patients in Treatment.” The Spine Journal : Official Journal of the North American Spine Society., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2001, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14588388.
17 MPH, Richard A. Deyo MD, et al. “Overtreating Chronic Back Pain: Time to Back Off?” The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Feb. 2009, www.jabfm.org/content/22/1/62.full.
18 Boyles, Salynn. “$86 Billion Spent on Back, Neck Pain.” WebMD, WebMD, 12 Feb. 2008, www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20080212/86-billion-spent-on-back-neck-pain.
19 Belluz, Julia. “A Comprehensive Guide to the New Science of Treating Lower Back Pain.” Vox, Vox, 4 Aug. 2017, www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/4/15929484/chronic-back-pain-treatment-mainstream-vs-alternative.
20 “Back Pain Facts and Statistics .” Back Pain Facts and Statistics, American Chiropractic Association , www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics.
21 Boyles, Salynn. “$86 Billion Spent on Back, Neck Pain.” WebMD, WebMD, 12 Feb. 2008, www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20080212/86-billion-spent-on-back-neck-pain.
22 University of Maryland – Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (2005) Back Injuries. [Online] Available from: https://www.des.umd.edu/compliance/factsheet/back.html
23 “Health, United States, 2006.” CDC.gov, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the President and Congress of the United States, 2006, www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus06.pdf.
24 “Back Pain Facts and Statistics .” Back Pain Facts and Statistics, American Chiropractic Association , www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics.

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I was very limited in the exercises and activities I could do. Jeremy took the time to explain the anatomy and mechanisms causing my back pain. He showed me how to control muscles that support the back that I did not even know existed! In only four days I was free of lower back pain and able to do exercises and movements that I had not been able to do in 10 years.

-Lesley Friedman, NY, NY

When one lives in pain it is difficult to not feel defeated by age. Not one to ever just give up, I began asking those I respect and admire what I should do, and the name that was repeatedly recommended to me was Jeremy James at the Back Institute. Within only eight weeks, the pain dissipated from his muscle release methods, his exercise training, and his homework assignments. I feel very fortunate to have had Jeremy help me to get back on my mountain bike and my skis again, and although I may need a tune up from time to time, I have a new license on life and am back to playing hard and enjoying life to its fullest.

-Jillian Livingston, Basalt, CO

In 2010, I was very fortunate to meet Jeremy James in his position of Director/Therapist at Aspen Back and Body. After many attempts to overcome chronic low back and pelvic pain, I made the trip to Aspen and was rewarded with a definitive plan to recapture my quality of life.

Jeremy’s plans for my transformation began with the initial telephone evaluation. Many of his credos have become my daily constitution.

Jeremy and this experience provided me with the mindset to return home and continue evolving and growing into the stronger and healthier woman I am today. Thank you so much, Jeremy James. Nothing in life is worthwhile without your health! My husband and I wish you and yours the best of everything.

-Gloria Lions, Biloxi, Mississippi

Following back surgery in the fall of 2014 and physical therapy to recover, I was introduced to Jeremy through a friend. [It] could have been one of the most significant introductions of my life. His series of foundational exercises have helped me rebuild from the inside out and are still a part of my daily routine three years later. Incorporating his ideas into my workout has made my core so much stronger than [it] ever was, and it allows me to participate in so many of the activities we live for here in Colorado. I love to ski, hike, mountain bike, and even coach youth football. The coolest part is I get do these things with my two kids (ages 9 and 11) thanks to Jeremy.

-Bubba Eggleston, Aspen, CO, CNE, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty