Silver Book Fact

The annual direct and indirect costs of several pain-related conditions include:

  • $14 billion for migraines
    Hu et al. 1999, Burden of Migraine in the U.S.
  • $189 billion for arthritis
    Yelin et al. 2007, Medical Care Expenditures and Earnings Losses Among Persons with Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions
  • $50 billion for low back pain
    NINDS, Low Back Pain Fact Sheet
  • $61 billion for headache, arthritis, backache, and other musculoskeletal conditions
    Stewart et al. 2003, Lost Productive Time and Cost Due to Common Pain Conditions in the U.S. Workforce

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • Pain is a leading cause of medically-related work absenteeism–results in more than 50 million lost workdays each year.  
  • Shingles–a common cause of persistent pain–affects 1 in 3 Americans in their lifetime, with half of all cases occurring in people age 60 and older.  
  • Around 10% of Americans have severe, disabling persistent pain.  
  • The annual economic cost of persistent pain in the U.S. is at least $560 to $635 billion (in 2010$).  
  • When asked about 4 common types of persistent pain, low back pain was ranked the most common at 27%, followed by severe headache/migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%0, and…