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Prevalence and Incidence of Back pain

Prevalance of Back pain:

6 million cases annually (unreliable estimate) ... see also overview of Back pain.

Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 45 or 2.21% or 6 million people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "6 million cases annually (unreliable estimate)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Prevelance statistics for Back pain:

The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Back pain:

  • 20.9% of population self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 20.7% of female population self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 21.0% of male population self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 3,937,000 people self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 1,944,000 men self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 1,993,000 women self-reported having back pain or disc disorders in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
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About prevalence and incidence statistics:

The term 'prevalence' of Back pain usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Back pain at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Back pain refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Back pain diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

 

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