Back pain affects most people

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About eighty percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their life.

To give you an example how prevalent back pain is, of the four most common types of pain, respondents of a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that low back pain was the most common.

Back pain may be caused by several things including trauma -- such as a car accident, according to Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Thomas M. Sweeney, M.D., of Doctor's Hospital of Sarasota... even things you may do in everyday life.

"When other things fail to alleviate pain," said Dr. Sweeney, "then surgery may be necessary."

We have come a long way when it comes to spinal surgery, he explains. Now procedures performed with robots like the Mazor will allow patients to have minimally invasive surgery, which will help them to recover faster. Some may even have the procedures performed at an ambulatory facility, and go home the same day.

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