Back and neck pain are huge health issues in the United States. Figures from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey found that these conditions (one or both) occur in 31% of the population over a three-month period.
Lower back pain (LBP) is always mentioned first as far as pain in these areas goes; it is, after all, the second leading reason that people go to a physician behind upper-respiratory infections. Pain toward the upper end of the spine is also a key health issue impacting millions. While 34 million people suffer from low back pain, 9 million report back pain, and 19 million say they have both.
This problem is common, so many are considering a healthcare solution.