Now that it’s halfway through October, it’s the time of year for all things scary! While the thought of ghosts, goblins and spooky stories may give you the chills this Halloween, there’s something far scarier that haunts millions of Americans year-round – back pain.

Most individuals will struggle with some type of back pain during their lives. On top of that, here are our top 10 back pain statistics to watch out for:

1. Most Americans Will Experience Back Pain

One of the scariest things about back pain is that it’s so prevalent in the United States. In fact, 8 out of every 10 Americans will have back problems at some point.

2. Lower Back Pain on the Rise

The number of adults in America experiencing lower back pain in the last three months is on the rise, especially when it comes to individuals over 65 years old (just 29.5% experienced back pain in 1997 vs 33.7% in 2013).

3. Back Problems More Common in Women Than Men

Nearly 1/3 of female adults suffer from lower back pain, compared to a quarter of males.

4. Back Pain Affecting Work

Not only is a large percentage of Americans struggling with back pain, those individuals are also struggling to get work done. Over 30% of men acknowledged when their condition affects work. 20% of women reported the same statistic.

5. Back Pain Impacting Everyday Activities

In an APTA Move Forward survey, there were more than 2,600 respondents. From their shared experience, it was discovered that the following tasks were affected by back pain:

  • Daily tasks (39%)
  • Exercise (38%)
  • Sleep (37%)

6. Majority of Cases from Desk Workers

If you have a “9 – 5 desk job” like many Americans, watch out! More than half of Americans who experience low back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting.

7. Frequency of Back Pain Among Pregnant Women

One scary thought is that about half of all pregnant women will have a significant complaint of backache. These complaints are likely to increase during the pregnancy for those who have pain in the lower back.

8. Unknown Cause of Back Pain

One of the scariest statistics? Only 1 in 10 people finds out the primary cause of their pain.

9 & 10: The Financial Costs

Back pain has wider financial implications than we realize. These affect us as patients, as well as society as a whole. The fact is that $50 Billion a year is spent on low back pain treatment, and $100 Billion a year is spent on indirect costs associated with back pain (this includes lost wages and productivity, legal and insurance overheads and impact on the family).

Don’t Struggle With Back Pain Anymore!

Here at Spring Creek Medical Center, it’s our job to make sure you feel great (or are on your way there)! Give us a call at (435) 792-9400 if you are experiencing troubling back pain and we’ll help you out!


Sources

  • http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/america-asks-13/12-back-pain-tips
  • http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2014/046.pdf
  • http://www.apta.org/Media/Releases/Consumer/2012/2/2/
  • http://www.med.umich.edu/1info/FHP/practiceguides/back/back.pdf
  • http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1115/p1497.html
  • http://www.researchamerica.org/sites/default/files/uploads/poll2003pain.pdf
  • https://paindoctor.com/videos/what-causes-low-back-pain/
  • http://ard.bmj.com/content/early/2014/02/14/annrheumdis-2013-204428.abstract