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Back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.

Low Back Pain Fact Sheet. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm. Published January 17, 2013

Reference

Title
Low Back Pain Fact Sheet
Publication Date
Published January 17, 2013
Authors
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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