The Total Economic Burden Of Pain

1351 Words Jul 28th, 2016 6 Pages
About 41% of American adults suffer from chronic pain. The total economic burden of pain in 2010 is estimated to range from $560 to $635 billion. Of these, lost productivity alone cost between $299 to $335 billion; which approximates the yearly cost of heart condition and exceeding the total cost of cancer and diabetes. On a per person basis, the incremental cost of all US health care expenditures in 2010 is $8233, moderate and severe chronic pain accounted for $4516 (55% of total) and $7726.20 (93.8% of total) respectively (Gaskin et. al. 2012). American workers with neck or back pain costs between $5574- $8512, compared to those with no neck or back pain ($3,017) (Kleinman et al 2014).

Neck pain is quite common, can be burdensome, and costly. One-year prevalence (Hogg-Johnson et al. 2008, Hoy et al. 2010) of neck pain (common) and activity-limiting neck pain (less common) ranged from 30%-50% and 2-11% respectively. The prevalence is higher in women (Kääriä et al. 2012) and is highest in the middle age. Out of 289 causes of disability worldwide, neck pain ranked 4th in disease burden due to morbidity and this trend is worsening (Vos et al. 2013). It appears that those with chronic, severe, or activity-limiting neck pain accounted for the majority of the total cost. It is therefore a global imperative to find the most cost-effective treatment for chronic neck pain before it becomes severe and disabling to hopefully reverse this trend of increasing burden and cost (Davis et…
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