The 100 billion per year back pain industry is a hoax for the most part. Anyone that goes through back pain understands how their back pain functions like a dictator. It takes hold of their attention and requires them to devote all of their time to it, before anything else. Before people can plan a hike, return to a work routine, or something else, they have to give it all of their attention. It is very tough for people.
- Back pain is an attention-consuming problem that can damage quality of life badly enough that it is hard to say no to any solution, no matter how much it costs.
- Many people will suffer back pain and turn to drugs or surgery for relief, but the best treatment is to keep moving.
- In Crooked, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin details her experience with back pain, including both her personal story and her investigation into the industry and treatments.
“Millions such bad decisions, she argues, have fueled a $100-billion-per-year back pain industry in the US—one that’s largely selling Americans wrong and even dangerous responses to back discomfort.”