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Back Pain Facts

If treated in time 90% of these issues can be resolved non-surgically through spine rehabilitation. Delaying treatment increases the risk of surgery.

Here are some more Interesting Facts about Back Pain –

  • Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.

Most Adults will experience back Pain


Approximately 8 out of every 10 adults will have back problems at some point during their lifetimes.

  • Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities.
  • Lower back pain is estimated to be affecting 540 million people across the world at any given point in time, according to the study! It comes as no surprise then lower back pain is the fourth highest cause of disability in India? 

9 Out of 10 patients never know the primary cause


Only one in ten people finds out the primary cause of their backpain

  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. One-half of all working adults admit to having back pain symptoms each year.

Reporting pain that affects ability to do work





Over 30% of men acknowledged when their condition affects work compared to just 20% of women.

  • Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country.

The cost of back pain in India

  • Back pain has wider financial implications to patients and society.
  • Indirect costs include not only lost wages and productivity, but also legal and insurance overheads and the impact on family .





Indirect Annual Costs

  • A survey from last year that evaluated patients who sought help for back or neck problems showed that almost three-fourth patients (73%) had lower back problems. Around 45% of the patients waited for seven weeks before seeking assistance.

Where people initially seek help for their pain

Primary care Physician




Sub specialist

  • Every fifth patient was aged 16-34, indicating that spine-related problems were occurring earlier in people.
  • The scary part is the fact that people in young age group of 16-34, which make up 23% of the population in the country are suffering from some form of spine issue. 

Back problems more common in women then men

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Nearly a third of female adults suffer from lower back pain, compared to a quarter of males

  • The four-city survey showed that 18% of Mumbai’s patients were under 34. The 34-54 age group formed the biggest patient group in the survey, while the 75-plus group was barely 5%. 

Lower back pain on the riset

The number of adults experiencing lower back pain in the last three months is on the rise, especially amongst over-65s.

  • 18 Years and over
  • 65 Years and over
  • Back Pain is growing at an average of 58% year on year. This is a 3% increase since last year. In fact, data shows that the rise in children with back pain has been 4X since 2015.
  • Back pain can affect people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly.
  • Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders.

Frequency of back pain amongst pregnant women

  • Approximately half of all pregnant women will have a significant complaint of backache.
  • Complaints are likely to increase during the pregnancy for those who have pain in the lower back.


  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.



More than half of the adults who experience low back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting.

  • 70% load of your spine is borne by the soft muscle tissues (mechanical components of the spine) while 30% is borne by the structural components (namely bones & discs)

How back pain impacts everyday activities

Daily tasks






In a survey, over 2,600 respondents shared their experiences about how back pain affects everyday activities

  • Most people with low back pain recover, however reoccurrence is common and for small percentage of people the condition will become chronic and disabling.

Recovery and recurrency of low back pain

Of Cases Resolved within six weeks


Have recurence within two years


Develop chronic backpain


In a survey, over 2,600 respondents shared their experiences about how back pain affects everyday activities

  • 39% of adults reported that LBP prevents them from fully engaging in daily life tasks. Amongst this, 38% of adults noted it affects their exercise and 37% stating it affects their sleep.

Pain suffers rated treatments


Prescription medications


Chiropractic treatment


Physical Therapy

  • Back pain is the most common cause of pain related suicide. The research published in 2018 found that over 20% of pain related suicides were as a result of back pain, followed by the pain related to cancer and arthritis.
  • Worldwide, years lived with disability caused by low back pain have increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015.