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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

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  • 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…