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Injuries to the lower back deemed most prevalent of all injuries

Any Maryland resident who has ever thrown out their back or incorrectly lifted something heavy can attest to the fact that an injury to the lower back is painful and, in some cases, debilitating. It turns out that lower back injuries are also extremely common as a recent study, conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, reports an estimated 10 percent of people worldwide suffer from chronic lower back pain.

According to the NINDS, people live with lower back pain for more years than with any other type of injury. Nearly every movement requires an individual to use his or her back. For those with severe back injuries, even standing or walking may be painful. Consequently many U.S. residents who suffer persistent lower back pain are unable to perform assigned work duties and are forced to file for disability.

There is no quick or easy treatment for a lower back injury. In addition to pain medications, doctors seem to agree that exercise to stretch and strengthen the abdominal and lower back muscles is likely one of the most effective ways to both heal and prevent lower back injuries.

For those who are unable to work due to a debilitating lower back injury, social security disability benefits can provide financial assistance. The process of applying for SSD benefits can be complex and take a long time. Additionally, many applicants are initially denied. For men and women who are not able to work and have no other income, waiting is not an option. For these reasons, SSD applicants are advised to seek the assistance of an attorney who can help ensure an individual begins receiving disability benefit payments as quickly as possible.

Source: Time, "This Is the No. 1 Cause of Disability Worldwide," Alexandra Sifferlin, March 25, 2014

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