The Back Facts

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.

    • Up to 85% of the US Population will have Back Pain at some time in their life.

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

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

    • An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain.
    • 90% of all back pain resolves in 6-12 weeks.

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

    • Only 20% of all back surgeries are successful after 2 years.

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

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

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