Back Care Facts and Figures.
Back pain is common and usually not linked with any serious diseases or problems.
80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their life.
Back Pain is very common, according to a survey published in 2000 almost half the adult population of the UK (49%) report low back pain lasting for at least 24 hours at sometime in the year.
It is estimated that four out of five adults will experience back pain at some stage in their life.
Resting for a day or two will not reduce the time of inacpacity, and may infact delay the onset of relief and restoration of movement.
Back pain is just as common in adolescants as in adults.
It is often difficult to identify a single reason for back pain, in about 85% of sufferers no clear reason can be identified.
The NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs
In 2003 - 2004 nearly 5 million working days were lost as a result of back pain.
Back pain is the nations leading cause of disabiliy, with 1.1 million people disabled by it.
On average, each person with back pain related conditions takes 13 days off work.
A recent study found that people driving over 25,000 miles a year averaged just over 22 days off work with a bad back, compared with just over 3 days for low milage drivers.