Lower-back pain is one of the top three reasons that Americans go to the doctor. But the solution can be a DIY project.
Lower-back pain is very democratic in the people it strikes.
“It’s a universal experience. You’d be a really uncommon person never to have had an episode of back pain,” says Chris Maher, a physical therapist turned health researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia. “It’s a common problem across the whole of the globe,” he says, whether it’s North America, sub-Saharan Africa or rural India.