How common is chronic back pain

How common is chronic back pain

What is the prevalence of chronic back pain? 

The prevalence ranges from 20% to 40% of the general population.

An Internet-based survey study revealed that 30% of the general population has back pain lasting longer than 3 months, and about 50% of this population has chronic daily back pain. 


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Johannes CB, Le TK, Johnson JA, et al.: The prevalence of chronic pain in United States adults: results of an internet-based survey. J Pain 11(11):1230-1239, 2010.


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