June 2000 Bulletin

Back pain leading cause of hospitalization

In the period from 1993 through 1995, conditions related to back pain (including back injury) resulted in an annual average of 524,000 hospitalizations and 2.5 million inpatient days per year. Conditions associated with back pain accounted for a greater number of hospitalizations than any other individual musculoskeletal condition. Source: Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States.

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