I took a health survey that asked if I agreed or disagreed with this statement: "Back pain gets better best by itself." I said, 'no' but what's the real answer to this question?

Up to 90 percent of all adults in the United States will have low back pain (LBP) sometime in their lives. Most of those people will get better within a few weeks without any outside help.

Only 10 to 15 percent of patients with LBP have chronic pain and disability. According to a recent study from Norway folks currently having back pain don't think it will get better.

Anyone who's had a past bout of LBP would disagree. They know that it will eventually go away most of the time.