Up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain during their lives, while 50% of the working population will experience incapacitating back pain at least once a year.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for workplace sickleave, and back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by the ‘common cold’.
Approximately 200,000 people in the US live with a disability related to spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries cost the US an estimated $9.7 billion each year. Pressure sores alone, a common complication, cost an estimated $1.2 billion.