The Facts and Statistics about Back Pain

The epidemic of back pain is enormous: It’s a $44 billion industry, it’s the leading workers’ comp injury, it’s the leading reason for disability for people under the age of 45, it will strike 90% of all American adults, it’s the second-leading surgical procedure, and it’s only getting worse.

1. Up to 85% of the US Population will have back pain at some time in their life.

2. On any given day 6.5 million people are in bed because of back pain.

3. 5.4 million Americans are disabled annually due to back pain.

4. An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain.

5. 5-10% of low back pain becomes chronic.

6. The total number of spine surgeries in the U.S. approaches 500,000 per year.

7. An estimated $45 – 54 billion is spent on the treatment of low back pain per year.