Without a doubt, back pain is on the rise. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide (link).
It's also very difficult to manage, as anyone who struggles with it can tell you. Many times it's caused by bad posture due to sitting.
(See also: 9 Ways Poor Posture Is Ruining Your Health)
Both are similar in price. Each one features a mix of strengthening, stretching, mobility, and poses that are meant to provide pain relief. Emily Lark's program is simple and effective, and we especially liked the mindfulness component.
Our favorite new program from 2018 is Back Pain Breakthrough, which was created by a clinician, Dr. Steve Young, with a successful record of treating back pain.
Back pain and hip pain typically go hand-in-hand. But we've studied some programs that target the hips specifically. Our favorite remains Rick Kaselj and Mike Westerdal's Unlock Your Hip Flexors program (our review of the program is here).
Pain Relief Creams and Gels
We have reviewed the following:
Inflammation is a major underlying cause of pain for many people. Addressing inflammation in the body can go a long way toward not only pain relief but preventing many diseases and health issues ranging from diabetes to dementia.
Although over-the-counter NSAIDs are used commonly, they should not be taken long term for risk of side effects. Fortunately, natural anti-inflammatories are abundant. Our top-recommended natural anti-inflammatory supplement that we have reviewed is Curafen, which features a potent form of curcumin (derived form turmeric).