Chronic Pain – Facts and Stats

Oct 6, 2013

As part of Back Care Week (7-11 October) we thought we would share some interesting and surprising facts about the impact of chronic back pain could have on your life.

If you’ve never experienced back pain then you may not see what all the fuss is about and don’t realise how debilitating it can be.  But did you know…..

  • 93% of UK adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives

    Chronic Pain cycle

    Chronic Pain Cycle

  • 25% of back pain suffers find it difficult to perform basic tasks such as dressing, washing, cooking and eating
  • Chronic back pain is defined as back pain which has persisted or been intermittent for three months or more
  • Back pain is responsible for almost half of all chronic pain cases
  • Half of all UK marriages ends in divorce, that increase to three quarters, where one partner has chronic pain
  • 25% of people with chronic pain lose their job
  • 20% of people with chronic pain consider suicide
  •  10% of people with chronic pain actually attempt suicide
  • 20% of chronic pain patients develop mental health problems as a result
  • Chronic pain suffers are 67% more likely to have a fatal heart attack



The true cost of back pain:

  • Back pain is the leading cause of work absence.  Costing the UK economy £37 million a day
  • Each day it costs the NHS £1.3 Million
  • £13 million per day is spent on disability benefit for those unable to work due to back pain
  • Back pain costs the UK tax payer and the economy a staggering £19 billion per year


Still think back pain isn’t that a big a deal?


If you’ve had back pain for several weeks and it isn’t going away – the sooner you seek help and advice the better.

We are happy to chat with you to discuss the best option for you, to get back (pardon the pun) on track and make a speedy recovery.

Call us today 0161 4781877 – discover a healthier you



Talk back magazine – October 2013, Published by the charity Back Care


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