Without a doubt, back pain is on the rise. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
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)
For mild-to-moderate chronic back pain, we recommend checking out:
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 which was developed in 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 identified and 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).
The Mayo Clinic suggests seeing a doctor if you can’t bear weight on your knee or you feel as if your knee may give out. We have all had questions such as, “Will the pain ever go away?” or “How can I get my strength and stability back?”
Rick Kaselj is a Kinesiologist and Exercise Therapist who specializes in knee injuries and developed the Knee Injury Solution specifically to assist injured athletes and post surgery patients with getting their knees back to healthy mobility.
Pain Relief Creams and Gels
We have reviewed the following:
Our #1 recommendation for pain relief creams at this time is Mindbody Matrix Pain Relief Cream. We reviewed it here, with details about how pharmacist Dr. TK Huynh uses innovative technology in his pain relief cream.
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-rated natural anti-inflammatory supplement that we have reviewed is Curafen, which features a potent form of curcumin (derived form turmeric).