Statistics about Back pain


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Back pain. The term 'prevalence' of Back pain usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Back pain at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Back pain refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Back pain diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Back pain: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Back pain)
  Prevalance of Back pain: 6 million cases annually (unreliable estimate)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 45 or 2.21% or 6 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevelance statistics about Back pain: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Back pain:
  • 20.9% of population self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 20.7% of female population self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 21.0% of male population self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 3,937,000 people self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 1,944,000 men self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 1,993,000 women self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

Society statistics for Back pain
  Physician office visit statistics for Back pain: The following are statistics from various sources about physician office visits and Back pain:
  • 13,707,000 people visited a physician’s office for primarily back pain in the US 2001 (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2001)
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Last revision: May 26, 2003

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