Low Back Pain is a Major Cause of Disability [Infographic]
According to the World Health Organization: Low back pain is a very common health problem worldwide and a major cause of disability – affecting performance at work and general well-being.
According to the American Spinal Decompression Association:
Low back pain (LBP) affects at least 80% of us some time in our lives and perhaps as many as 20-30% of us at any given time.
A team of Duke Medical Center researchers have found that patients suffering from back pain consume more than $90 billion in health-care expenses annually, almost three times as much money as spent on breast cancer!
Back pain is second only to upper respiratory conditions as the stated cause of work loss.
A common misconception often cited is that 90% of back pain will go away on its own without treatment. However, a study published in the European Spine Journal in 2003, showed that the reported proportion of patients who still experienced pain after 12 months was 62% (range, 42-75%), dispelling the popular notion that up to 90% of low back pain episodes resolve spontaneously within 1 month.
The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases reports:
Low back pain causes more disability than nearly 300 other conditions worldwide. According to new research, and one in 10 people across the globe suffer from an aching lower back.
Low back pain is responsible for about one third of work-related disability.
“Back pain is the number one cause of lost work days in the U.S,” said Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, in New York City.
Compared to 291 other health conditions, researchers found that low back pain causes more global disability than any other health problem studied.
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