And more time is lost at work due to bad backs than any other sickness or injury, and this trend continues.
There are a number of common and quite painful back problems, some are simply aches and pains but some are acute, which includes lumbago, sciatica and prolapsed disc.
In many cases there is no medical cure for back pain but again in extreme cases surgery may be the only option.
To know the causes of back pain is to know how to avoid back injuries.
And as there is no real cure then prevention is key to a healthy back.
Some back pain problems stem from everyday bad habits like slouching in a chair, driving in a hunched position or not standing upright.
Other causes include sleeping on a sagging mattress, incorrect lifting technique, being overweight and applying too much pressure due to lifting or bending excessively.
Doing repetitive heavy manual work involving lifting and bending can lead to sciatica and severe spinal disc wear.
This kind of spinal damage can affect the sufferer for many years, so it's vital to be aware of the dangers.
Many back problems can be easily avoided by ensuring you maintain the correct body posture.
This includes sitting and standing in upright positions, bending the knees when lifting and taking regular exercise.
Some of the best exercises for back problems are stretching, swimming and walking.
Using Pilates for Rehabilitation...
Joseph Pilates started this system of exercises as a form of rehabilitation and conditioning to help improve general health.
During WWI he continued to develop the system to help the rehabilitation of wounded war veterans.
Many medical professionals today recognise the benefits and therapeutic potential of the Pilates system, and many hospitals and clinics now offer Pilates as a form of rehabilitation.
The exercises are very helpful to patients who have experienced an injury or are physically challenged.
The Pilates exercises help to balance and strengthen the pelvis, hips and lower back and support the deeper muscles.
Pilates has also proven to be effective in the treatment of sharp and chronic back pain, osteoporosis, sports injuries and auto and work related injuries.
Some will also find relief from head and neck injuries and scoliosis.
Today, more and more people are suffering with back problems due to sitting for prolonged periods, crouched over a desk and peering into a computer monitor.
It's advisable to take regular breaks during the course of the day, where you can stand up and walk around for a few minutes.
Probably the best way to avoid back problems in the future is to get fit and stay fit.
Taking regular exercise as a preventative measure is just what the doctor would order.