Orlando Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Low Back Pain
Low back pain represents one of the most taxing health problems in developed countries and is commonly treated in primary health care settings.7 Lower Back Pain (LBP) symptoms are the second leading cause of visits to all primary care physicians, and are the most common cause of visits to Osteopathic Physicians.8 It is estimated that 15-20% of Americans experience low back pain annually. At any given time, 2% of Americans are disabled due to back problems.9The total annual cost of back pain in America has been estimated at $20-50 billion.9
The clinical management of LBP can be quite varied, both with respect to the diag-nostic and therapeutic approaches.7,10,11 Spine care has also changed dramatically with indications for surgical spine care giving way to a comprehensive patient management model that utilizes all aspects in a patient’s bio-psycho-social situation. With the knowledge or an experienced Orlando Osteopathic Doctor the the majority of low back pain is mechanical in nature (up to 90%), it stands to reason that OMM is a useful tool in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of the various mechanical spinal disorders. New evidence of both the physiological mechanism and outcome levels has steadily grown through improved study design as has general interest in the field.