Lower Back & Neck Pain Tops Healthcare Spending

A new study published in JAMA has  out of the top 154 conditions the most healthcare dollars were spent on neck and lower back pain.  $134.5 billion to be exact.  This tops diabetes which came in second at $111.2 billion.  Third was ischemic heart disease at $89.3 billion.  These amounts represent how much combined was paid from public insurance, private insurance and out of pocket costs.   Prior studies have also shown  that back and neck pain are the top reasons seek care from their primary physician.  Most likely these numbers will continue to rise as an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, poor posture with work and technology continue to increase.  Hopefully more Americans will include regular chiropractic care into their health care strategies not only to treat lower back and neck pain but also for overall health and wellness.

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