Landmark Survey by Stagwell’s The Harris Poll Estimates More Than 72.3 Million U.S. Adults Suffer from Chronic Low Back Pain – Greater than Arthritis, Diabetes, or Heart Disease and with Debilitating Impact on Quality of Life
Source— Stagwell Inc.
August 9, 2022
A press release issued by The Harris Poll, a Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW) agency, announced complete results from a landmark survey, “Mobility Matters: Chronic Low Back Pain in America,” sponsored by Vertos Medical as part of its national health awareness campaign, Know Your Back Story. The nationally representative survey estimates that more than 72.3 million U.S. adults – 28% of the adult population – suffer from chronic low back pain (CLBP), higher than previously reported, and greater than arthritis (58.5 million), diabetes (37.3 million), or heart disease (30.3 million). More than three-fourths (76%) say CLBP has interfered with their ability to complete everyday tasks. Treatment for CLBP was shown to be deficient, with too many sufferers taking opioids (15%) despite updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control noting inadequate effectiveness and inherent risks, and only 5% utilizing minimally invasive lumbar decompression treatment options which are now considered appropriate for earlier use.
CLBP Has Significant Impact on Mobility and Long-term Negative Impact on Life
More than half (53%) say CLBP has had a major or moderate negative impact on their quality of life
More than one third of CLBP sufferers (36%) report their CLBP is “severe”, “very severe”, or the “worst pain possible”
44% report that they’ve been experiencing CLBP for 5 years or more
New Mobility Index, based on survey data, shows significant drop (~20 points on a scale of 0 to 100) in CLBP sufferers’ ability to move, with the highest drop seen among those in their 50s
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Treatment options shown are commonly offered once conservative therapies (e.g., physical therapy, pain medications, chiropractic) are not providing adequate relief. This is not intended to be a complete list of all treatments available. Doctors typically recommend treatments based on their safety profile, typically prioritizing low risk/less aggressive procedures before higher risk/more aggressive procedures, but will determine which treatments are appropriate for their patients.
Although the complication rate for the mild® Procedure is low, as with most surgical procedures, serious adverse events, some of which can be fatal, can occur, including heart attack, cardiac arrest (heart stops beating), stroke, and embolism (blood or fat that migrates to the lungs or heart). Other risks include infection and bleeding, spinal cord and nerve injury that can, in rare instances, cause paralysis. This procedure is not for everyone. Physicians should discuss potential risks with patients. For complete information regarding indications for use, warnings, precautions, and methods of use, please reference the devices’Instructions for Use.
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Abstract presented at: American Society of Pain and Neuroscience Annual Conference; July 22-25, 2021; Miami Beach, FL.
Mobility Matters: Low Back Pain in America, Harris Poll Survey, 2022. View data and full summary at knowyourbackstory.com.