Where does back pain hurt the most? A new study indicates that the biggest pain could be in the wallet as individuals with back pain rack up annual health care expenditures 60 percent greater than their non-back pain-suffering counterparts.

The report, published in the January 2012 issue of Pain, was based on a microsimulation model designed to measure the economic effects of poor health on Australian workers ages 45 to 64. Researchers found that men ages 45 to 54 years who retired early due to back trouble would only be worth about $5000 (in Australian dollars) by age 65. By comparison, men in the same age group who worked full time until age 65 would be worth $339,121. Similarly, women aged 45 to 54 years who retired early due to back problems would have $20,064 at age 65, but their counterparts who waited until 65 to retire would have $237,496

Leaving the work force earlier than expected isn't the only way back pain can drain your finances.Many back pain treatment are very expensive......

Millions of people who suffer from back pain are to given the right to demand free acupuncture on the NHS, under controversial new guidance.

Michael Haake, who led the acupuncture study, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, said: "The superiority of both forms of acupuncture suggests a common underlying mechanism that may act on pain generation or transmission of pain signals ... and is stronger than the action mechanism of conventional therapy."

Acupuncture is very efficient treatment for back pain.It will help you save money.

Latest research:

The Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Non-Specific Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 10;

Authors: Lam M, Curry P, Galvin R

Study Design. A systematic review (SR) and meta-analysis (MA) of randomised controlled trials (RCTs).Objective. To evaluate the totality of evidence in relation to the effectiveness of acupuncture for non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP).Summary of Background Data. Acupuncture has become a popular alternative for treating clinical symptoms of NSCLBP. A number of RCTs have examined the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of NSCLBP.Methods. A systematic literature search was completed without date or language restrictions up to May 2012. Studies included in the review were RCTs that examined all forms of acupuncture that adhered to the Traditional Acupuncture Theory for treating NSCLBP. Outcome measures included impairment, activity limitation and participation restriction. The methodological quality of the studies was examined using the Cochrane risk of bias tool.Results. Thirty-two studies were included in the SR, of which twenty-five studies presented relevant data for the MA. Acupuncture had a clinically meaningful reduction in levels of self-reported pain [MD = -16.76 (95% CI -33.33, -0.19), p = 0.05, I = 90%] when compared to sham, and improved function [SMD = -0.94 (95% CI -1.41, -0.47), p<0.00, I = 78%] when compared to no treatment immediately post-intervention. Levels of function also clinically improved when acupuncture in-addition to usual-care, or electro-acupuncture was compared to usual-care alone. When acupuncture was compared to medications (NSAIDS, muscle relaxants and analgesics) and usual-care, there were statistically significant differences between the control and the intervention groups but these differences were too small to be of any clinical significance. There was no evidence in support of acupuncture over transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.Conclusion. This SR demonstrates that acupuncture may have a favourable effect on self-reported pain and functional limitations on NSCLBP. However, the results should be interpreted in the context of the limitations identified, particularly in relation to the heterogeneity in the study characteristics and the low methodological quality in many of the included studies.