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. approaches800,000per year.

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