Back pain is one of the biggest health complaints of American adults. Our bothersome backs frequently cause us to miss work, and they're also what get us in to see our doctors. We spend about $50 billion every year on products to try to ease the pain [source: American Chiropractic Association]. If it sounds like a lot, it is -- for perspective, the National Cancer Institute averages a budget of less than $5 billion annually [source: National Cancer Institute].
What's causing all this pain? According to the American Chiropractic Association, most back pain complaints stem from injuries and accidents rather than from health conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis or bone loss. We have five safety tips to make lifting safer -- and, sorry, one of them isn't our volunteering to help carry that big box for you.