1. Approximately 8 out of every 10 Americans will have back problems at some point during their lifetime
  2. The number of adults in America experiencing lower back pain in the last 3 decades is on the rise, especially amongst those over 65!
  3. Nearly a third of female adults suffer from lower back pain compared to a quarter of males
  4. 0ver 30% of men acknowledge when their condition affects work compared to just 20% of women
  5. How back pain affects everyday activities (APTA survey of 2600 + )
    1. Daily tasks affected by 39%
    2. Exercise tasks affected by 38%
    3. Sleep affected by 37%
  6. More than half of Americans who experience lower back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting
  7. Frequency of back pain amongst pregnant women is 50%
  8. Where people initially seek help for their pain
    1. Primary care physician 40%
    2. Chiropractor 40%
    3. Sub specialist 20%
  9. 9 out of 10 patients never know the primary cause of their pain
  10. Pain sufferers rated treatments for back pain as;
    1. Prescription medication treatments 58%
    2. Chiropractic treatment 54%
    3. Physical therapy treatment 48
  11. Recovery and reoccurrence of low back pain over time periods were;
    1. 90% of cased resolved within 6 weeks
    2. 60-80% half a recurrence with 2 years
    3. 7% develop chronic back pain
  12. The cost of back pain in America
    1. $50 Billion n low back pain treatment
    2. $100 Billion on indirect annual costs
  13. An estimated 10% of the worlds population suffers from pain in the lower back
  14. Back pain is the 5th most common healthcare complaint
  15. 37% of Americans experience low back pain and don’t seek professional help
  16. The majority of people (8 out of 10) initially seek help form their primary care physician on Chiropractor
  17. In the US, 2-5% of all doctors’ visits are for pain in the back
  18. 58% who has prescription medications said they were effective
  19. Chiropractic Treatments were proven to be effective for just over 50% of sufferers
  20. The Chiropractic industry is significant in the US with over 45000 licensed chiropractors generation a combine annual revenue of 12 billion dollars
  21. Physical therapy – the types of treatment options available to sufferers have mixed views
  22. Surgery is only necessary for 5% of the 56 million Americans seeking relief for their pain, 5.4 people in 10 believe it to be effective
  23. There were over 150,000 surgeries in 1993, and by 2007 the number had more than doubled to 350,754
  24. Even though the number of spinal fusions has been on the rise, experts estimate that fewer than half of them are appropriate and research confirms that the same proportion are successful
  25. TENS nerve stimulators ; in 2012 CMS stopped reimbursing patients for TENs Units for the treatment of lower back pain
  26. Injections such as steroids are another way to relive pain in the back, but they have limited efficacy. These treatments have seen significant increases in charges by over 100% in the past decade
  27. Acupuncture – 90% of episodes are resolved within 6 weeks
  28. Lower back pain recurrence is extremely common with 60-80% of patients experiencing the same issues within 2 years of first reporting the problem
  29. Chronic lower back pain is defined by lasting greater than or equal to 3 months
  30. Back problems are the most common cause of job related disability – they are also a leading contributor to missed work days
  31. Lumbar pain accounts for 4.1% of healthcare visits
  32. MRI scans of the Lumbar region have increased by more than 300% in medicare beneficiaries since 1994-2005
  33. According to the agency for healthcare research and quality, less than 1% of all imaging scans found the problem
  34. Over time, using Chiropractic or physical therapy as a first treatment strategy resulted in 72% fewer costs within the first year of the patient seeking care
  35. On average, spinal fusions cost $75,000 for the surgery alone. Subsequent costs, such as rehab and weeks off work, makes this figure higher

 

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