Nearly everyone experiences lower back pain at some point. For most, the pain goes away on its own.
But for 20 percent of patients, back pain lingers for a year or more. It’s the second most common cause of disability in the U.S, according to the National Institutes of Health.
A group of researchers from Sapienza University in Italy believe they have found a solution to at least one form of debilitating back discomfort after their tests left the majority patients free of pain.
Participants in the eighty person study reported suffering from back pain for 3 months; exercise or medication didn’t relieve symptoms. Their particular diagnosis was herniated disc — a sometimes painful condition where the rubbery cushion between vertebrae becomes displaced, irritating nearby nerves.