Scary Back Pain Statistics

It’s the time of year for all things scary. Ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night provide thrills and chills during the Halloween season, there’s something way scarier that plagues millions of adults all throughout the year – back pain.

Most people will experience some degree of back pain during their lifetime. If that’s not worrisome enough, here are just a few scary back pain statistics to consider:

Back Pain Statistics

According to the Global Burden of Disease, low back pain is the leading cause of disability globally, and it is one of the most common reasons for missed work. It’s also the second most common reason cited when seeing a doctor. Also…

  • 50% of working Americans report experiencing back pain symptoms each year.
  • Up to 80% of the US population will experience back problems at some point during their lives.
  • Back pain is usually non-organic or mechanical in origin. This means that the symptoms aren’t caused by serious conditions, such as arthritis, fracture, etc.
  • 90% of patients never find out the primary cause of their pain.
  • Americans spend more than $50 billion each year on back pain.
  • Lower back pain is on the rise, especially among people over the age of 65.


Back Pain Statistics – Compiled and curated by The Good Body

Avoiding Back Pain

With millions of people suffering from back pain, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do to avoid it. While you probably can’t avoid your job and normal daily activities, there are several things you can do to minimize your risk of suffering from debilitating back pain.

  • Maintain a healthy weight and diet.
  • Stay active, unless your doctor or chiropractic tells you otherwise.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity.
  • Lift with your knees, keeping the object close to your body.
  • Stretch or warm up prior to engaging in exercise or other physical activities.
  • If you work at a desk, have your chiropractor help you ensure that your workstation is ergonomically correct.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • See a chiropractor regularly.

At Denver South Chiropractic, we treat a number of problems, but back pain is one of the most common. Don’t let yourself become another back pain statistic. Whether you’re suffering from acute pain following an injury or accident or chronic pain with a known or unknown cause, we can help. We can even help you maintain spinal health to avoid back pain in the future. To schedule a consultation for back pain treatment in Denver, please call 303-757-7272 today!