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How common is back pain in the United States?

Ronald B. Tolchin, DO
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
About 70% to 85% of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives, according to a national survey. Back pain is one of the principle causes for visits to doctors in the U.S. In the great majority of cases, back pain will improve or go away with home treatments and time. But when back pain is severe or persistent, you need to see your doctor. About 5% to 10% of people who experience back pain may experience long-lasting or chronic pain. 

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