Osteopathy: low back pain key facts

Low Back Pain Worldwide Key Facts

Key facts

  • In 2020, low back pain (LBP) affected 619 million people globally and it is estimated that the number of cases will increase to 843 million cases by 2050, driven largely by population expansion and ageing (1).
  • LBP is the single leading cause of disability worldwide and the condition for which the greatest number of people may benefit from rehabilitation.
  • LBP can be experienced at any age, and most people experience LBP at least once in their life.
  • Prevalence increases with age up to 80 years, while the highest number of LBP cases occurs at the age of 50–55 years. LBP is more prevalent in women (2).
  • Non-specific LBP is the most common presentation of LBP (about 90% of cases).

Data coming from the WHO

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