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Low Back Pain: Why Is It So Common?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Low Back Pain: Why Is It So Common? This question has plagued all of us, including researchers for a long time!  Could it be because we’re all inherently lazy and don’t exercise enough? Or maybe it’s because we have a job that’s too demanding on our back?  To properly address this question, here are some interesting facts:

The prevalence of low back pain (LBP) is common, as 70-85% of ALL PEOPLE have back pain that requires treatment of some sort at some time in life.

  1. On a yearly basis, the annual prevalence of back pain averages 30% and once you have back pain, the likelihood of recurrence is high.
  2. Back pain is the most common cause of activity limitation in people less than 45 years of age.
  3. Back pain is the 2nd most frequent reason for physician visits, the 5th ranking reason for hospital admissions, and is the 3rd most common cause for surgical procedures.
  4. About 2% of theUSworkforce receives compensation for back injuries annually.
  5. Similar statistics exist for other countries, including the UK and Sweden.

So, what are the common links as to why back pain is so common?