With 34 million Americans suffering from low back pain, it should come as no surprise that it ranks second only to the common cold in reasons for visiting the doctor. In fact, up to 85 percent of all people will experience back pain at some point in their life.
Back pain is a pretty common problem among Alliance Coal employees and their family members. According to Dr. Raymond Wells, the good news is that most cases of low back pain tend to get better on their own within two weeks to three months. “I understand that it can be terribly uncomfortable and inconvenient, but patience and a little common sense are all that’s typically needed for a full recovery,” advises Dr. Wells.
Initial treatment should include taking a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) like aspirin or ibuprofen. (more…)