Perceived causes of back pain among U.S. adults as of 2017

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed select sources were the cause of their back pain as of February 2017

by John Elflein, last edited Mar 1, 2018
Perceived causes of back pain among U.S. adults as of 2017 This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed select sources were the cause of their back pain as of February 2017. It was found that 29 percent of respondents believed stress was the cause of their back pain.
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Percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed select sources were the cause of their back pain as of February 2017

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Share of respondents
Stress29%
Not enough exercise / weak muscles26%
Physical work26%
Overweight25%
Spinal disc herniation21%
Sitting at a desk at work20%
Accident17%
Other 14%
Genetic predisposition11%
Too much exercise9%
Don’t know7%
Psychosomatic illness4%
Prefer not to answer1%
Share of respondents
Stress29%
Not enough exercise / weak muscles26%
Physical work26%
Overweight25%
Spinal disc herniation21%
Sitting at a desk at work20%
Accident17%
Other 14%
Genetic predisposition11%
Too much exercise9%
Don’t know7%
Psychosomatic illness4%
Prefer not to answer1%
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by John Elflein, last edited Mar 1, 2018
This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed select sources were the cause of their back pain as of February 2017. It was found that 29 percent of respondents believed stress was the cause of their back pain.
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