Silver Book Fact

Low back pain alone was estimated to have contributed almost 3% to the total national increase in health care spending from 1987 to 2000.

Thorpe K, Florence C, Joski P. Which Medical Conditions Account for the Rise in Health Care Spending?. Health Aff. 2004; http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2004/08/25/hlthaff.w4.437/suppl/DC1

Reference

Title
Which Medical Conditions Account for the Rise in Health Care Spending?
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Thorpe K, Florence C, Joski P
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • At least 36 million Americans miss work each year due to pain.  
  • The Percentage of Americans Age 20 and Older With Pain is On the Rise  
  • An Internet study of patients with persistent pain found that the typical patient with persistent pain taking opioids to control their pain has had their condition for more than a…  
  • The risk of suicide among people with persistent pain is around double that of those without pain–with 5% to 14% lifetime prevalence rates of attempted suicide in persistent pain sufferers.  
  • The estimated annual cost of persistent pain of $560 to $635 billion includes health care costs ($261 to $300 billion) and lost productivity ($299 to $335 billion). However, these…