About 250,000 Americans have disk surgery for sciatica each year, while another quarter-million instead choose physical therapy, painkillers or rest until they feel better. In India no definite figures are available. Some studies reported the prevalence of disease about 3-8%.
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.
Sciatica or Lumber disc prolapsed (PIVD) is a painful condition for which no specific medical treatment is available. The medical advice is usually based on bed rest for long time and pain killers. Lumbar disc herniation occurs 15 times more often than cervical (neck) disc herniation, and it is one of the most common causes of lower back pain.