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Estimates of the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) vary considerably, depending on the data source and the definitions used. The lifetime prevalence for LBP ranges from 49% up to 84% [22], making it one of the most common medical complaints [76]. The cumulative lifetime prevalence of LBP lasting at least 2 weeks was 16% for individuals aged between 25 and 74 years [67]. Fifty percent of adults have reported experiencing LBP at some point in their life [34]. Approximately 10% of individuals report having had back pain within the previous year, and 6.8% report having LBP at any one point in time [5,28]. The incidence of LBP ranges from 28 to 30 episodes/1000 persons per year [76], being highest in male patients and in patients between 25 and 64 years of age. © 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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Book title

Spinal Disorders: Fundamentals of Diagnosis and Treatment

Publication Date



585 - 601