The burden of back pain has been documented by many health professionals and economists for many years.
Put simply, back pain has a massive effect on people's quality of life. Low back pain is the leading cause of work absence throughout much of the world, placing an economic burden on the nations, governments, families and the individuals themselves.
The health, social and economic burden of low back pain is well established. In the UK, annual total costs attributable to low back pain have been estimated at £12.3 billion; £1.6 billion for direct healthcare resources, £1.6 billion related to informal care and £9.1 billion through production loss (indirect costs) due to morbidity. *
* Source BMJ http://ard.bmj.com/content/71/11/1796