Many people in America suffer from chronic neck and/or back pain. In fact, the back is said to be the most common area in which one may experience chronic pain. The Cleveland Clinic noted that back pain and related symptoms ranked among the second most frequent medical complaints. Moreover, they reported that disability from low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time and is the most common cause of diability in people under 45-years-old. In the United States, there is a lifetime prevalence of 80% with a one-year prevalence rate of 15-20%.
The most common causes of chronic neck and back pain are disk degeneration and/or herniation, compression fracture (usually thoracic or lumbar), cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis of the spine, and spondylolisthesis (vertebral malalignment).