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Back pain is a common complaint among adults around the world, and it accounts for the majority of doctor visits in the United States. Yet most back pain is non-specific in nature, meaning that no specific mechanical or pathological cause can be identified. There is a growing consensus that back pain is multifactorial, meaning that each case of back pain may have more than a single cause. For that reason, accurate diagnosis is key to effective back pain treatment.
Hip pain is relatively common among adults of all ages. Older adults may suffer from degenerative hip diseases, while middle aged adults who were once athletic are prone to hip pain due to excessive sitting and previous sports injuries. Because of the hip joint’s involvement in most sports, runners and competitive athletes often develop hip pain from repetitive overuse or trauma. If left untreated, hip pain can have significant repercussions for the function and stability of other areas of your body.
Your knees are essential to everyday movement, and knee pain can be debilitating, keeping you from doing the things you love. Because multiple structures come together at the knee joint, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of knee pain, which often leads to misdiagnosis, excessive use of pain medications and unnecessary surgeries. Accurate diagnosis is key to successful knee pain treatment.
Pain in the lower back has become increasingly common among adults in Western civilizations as people become more sedentary and overweight. Long hours spent sitting, use of computers and mobile devices, and decreased physical activity levels are key contributing factors to lower back pain and dysfunction. Low back pain can range from mild to debilitating, and often worsens over time. LBP accounts for a rising incidence of work absenteeism, costing both employers and workers time and money.