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

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, by gender. It was found that 28 percent of female respondents and 31 percent of male respondents believed stress was the cause of their back pain.

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

MaleFemale
Too much exercise12%7%
Not enough exercise / weak muscles23%29%
Sitting at a desk at work20%19%
Physical work32%20%
Psychosomatic illness5%3%
Overweight24%27%
Stress31%28%
Genetic predisposition12%10%
Accident18%16%
Spinal disc herniation23%19%
Other 7%20%
Don’t know7%8%
Prefer not to answer2%1%
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Source

Release date

February 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

February 16 to 27, 2017

Number of respondents

711 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

respondents who suffered at least once per month from back pain

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "What do you think causes your back pain?"
Respondents could choose multiple answers.

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