Back and Neck Pain Statistics

Did you know a majority of Americans experience back pain at least once in their lifetime?

  • 85% of the US population suffers from back or neck pain at some point in their lives.
  • The second most common reason for visiting a doctor is back pain.
  • Very often neck pain can actually be referring to the shoulder and shoulder pain.
  • Neck Pain affects 45% of today’s workers. While back pain certainly causes more lost work time than neck pain, the condition of neck pain is serious in nature.
  • Prevalence of neck pain has been found to be 12% of adult females and 9% of adult males.

The numbers of people suffering from back pain due to extensive work at a computer or hovering over a mobile device is increasing rapidly.

Today people are increasingly sedentary, spending at least 10 – 15 hrs a day at work, school, and home in a position of bad posture:

  • Improper positioning while sitting using computers and phones.
  • Performing long hours of repetitive movement.
  • Carrying extremely heavy backpacks, purses, and briefcases.

Nobody is immune. Poor posture can be created by:

  • Poor standing
  • Poor sitting
  • Mis-aligned spine
  • Not exercising
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Spine degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis

You can never learn too much about the issue of poor posture and the risk of spinal degradation, or be too aware.

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4 thoughts on “Back and Neck Pain Statistics

    • Dr. Ghassemi says:

      Dear Sam:
      According to ergonomic statistics over 65% of sitting employees are suffering from some combination of neck, upper back and shoulder pain.These statistics are based on the number of claims filed with HR/ RSK number groups.

      The fact is integration of smart devices in our lives puts our bodies in a state of physical stress, that manifest or is expressed in poor posture. We have a posture score screening that will identify your risk level would you be interested to take?
      Just send us a full size photo of your front, back and side profile. Make sure your image has at least space include 2″ above your head and 2″ below your feet. Contact us at

      Hope this was helpful

    • Romina Ghassemi says:

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!
      The short term affects of poor posture are:
      -Neck and Back Pain
      -Foot and Hip Pain
      -Jaw Pain (TMJ Syndrome)

      The long term affects of poor posture are:
      -Forward Head Syndrome
      -Rounded Shoulders
      -“Hump” in Back of Neck

      This is by no means an exhaustive list. Hope this was helpful! Should you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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