Working with clinics treating herniated discs with IDD Therapy spinal decompression, I am interested to see back pain statistics and trends around the subject of back pain.
Whilst “Back Pain” is the number one musculoskeletal condition people visit their doctor for, is it really back pain they need help with or does Google search traffic data reveal something not factored into the statistics?
Here below you can see the UK monthly search volume for certain keywords.
As can be seen, for every “back pain” search in Google, there are over three times as many searches for ‘sciatica’.
What about globally?
Again we see the same trend.
This throws up some questions which someone probably has the answers to (appreciating that sciatica and back pain are closely related):
Is back pain more prevalent than sciatica?
Is the pain of ‘sciatica’ less bearable than ‘back’ pain?
Is it the latter which prompts proportionally more people to search for info/help with sciatica than back pain?
What do you think?
Author: Stephen Small, Director Steadfast Clinics Ltd
Steadfast Clinics Ltd – Expanding IDD Therapy spinal decompression treatment for intervertebral discs and Thermedic Infrared Therapy Systems for joint pain and soft tissue healing.