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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