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Adults age 65 and older who report low back pain are twice as likely to be in fair or poor health compared to those without pain–40% rate their health as fair or poor–compared to 19% without recent low back pain.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2006: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2006. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus06.pdf

Reference

Title
Health, United States, 2006: With chartbook on trends in the health of Americans
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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  • Low back pain alone was estimated to have contributed almost 3% to the total national increase in health care spending from 1987 to 2000.  
  • Among adults age 65 and older who reported low back pain, more than 1/2 had a limitation in their daily activities–compared with 27% without recent low back pain.  
  • Medicare bears one-fourth of all expenditures for pain-related treatment in the U.S.  
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  • Around half of adults 65 and older have been diagnosed with arthritis, a common cause of persistent pain.