What are the disability rates from low back pain (LBP) in the US?

Updated: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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cLBP is the most common cause of disability in Americans younger than 45 years. [5, 6] Each year, 3-4% of the US population is temporarily disabled, and 1% of the working-age population is totally and permanently disabled. [7, 3, 8] LBP has been cited as the second most frequent reason to visit a physician for a chronic condition [3, 8, 9, 10] , the fifth most common cause for hospitalization [3, 11, 12, 13] , and the third most frequent reason for a surgical procedure. [3, 11, 12, 13] The socioeconomic impact of cLBP is massive. Ironically, a minority of patients with cLBP and disability due to cLBP account for the majority of the economic burden. [14, 15, 16]

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