Back Pain by the Numbers
- Posted on: Jul 15 2017
At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, you could say our name implies that much of what we do originates with back pain. Whether it’s a herniated disc or a compressed nerve, whether it’s spinal arthritis or a degenerated disc, our backs can cause us a great deal of pain, much of it chronic. We address all sorts of problems up and down your spine, most of them leading to at least some degree of back pain.
With that in mind, here are some telling statistics of the current state of our collective backs.
Just the stats, ma’am
Check out these statistics from the National Centers for Health Statistics.
- Eight out of 10 Americans will have back problems in their lives.
- This may surprise you, but almost one-third of women have lower back pain compared to only around 26% of men.
- Over 54% of those with back pain spend the majority of their working day sitting.
- Back pain is on the rise: the number of Americans experiencing back pain sometime over the past three months is rising, especially in seniors. In those over 65, the occurrence had risen from 29.5% in 1997 to 33.7% in 2013.
- Possibly due to more physical labor, over 30% of men acknowledged that back pain had affected their work, compared with just 20% of women.
- How much does the pain affect everyday stuff?
- Daily tasks = 39%
- Exercise = 38%
- Sleep = 37%
- The cause remains a mystery: only one out of every 10 people ever knows what the primary cause of their back pain was.
- The costs. While Americans spent $50 billion on direct treatment for their back pain in 2014, the actual indirect cost was more like $100 billion. This includes costs such as lost wages and productivity, along with legal and insurance costs.
- Pregnant women especially suffer, with around one-half of pregnant women saying they have “significant complaints” of back pain. This increases with the duration of the pregnancy.
- Back pain is the fifth most common healthcare complaint.
- Over 37% of Americans experience lower back pain, yet they don’t seek professional help to deal with it.
- “Chronic” back pain is described as pain that lasts more than three months.
- Metal workers hurt the most. The Bureau of Labor Statistics details that 76% of all claims related to strains and damage to the back come from those working in the metal industry.
- Back injuries account for one in five workplace injuries, that’s one million workers.
If you have serious back pain, don’t hesitate to call the experts at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders. We know what to do to alleviate the pain. Call us at 817-916-4685 for an appointment.
Posted in: Back Pain