Prescribed treatments for back pain among U.S. respondents as of 2017, by age

Percentage of U.S. respondents that were prescribed select treatments for their back pain as of 2017, by age

by John Elflein, last edited Sep 15, 2017
Prescribed treatments for back pain among U.S. respondents as of 2017, by age This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. respondents that were offered select prescription and over-the-counter options by a medical provider for relief of back pain as of 2017, by age. According to the data, 23.2 percent of respondents aged over 65 years were offered prescription pain killers to relieve their back pain.
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Percentage of U.S. respondents that were prescribed select treatments for their back pain as of 2017, by age

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Less than 35 years35 to 64 years65 years or olderTotal
Prescription painkillers46.5%40.9%23.2%39.7%
Steroids21.9%17.4%4.9%16.7%
Over-the-counter pain medications15.9%13%8.2%13.1%
Surgery12.4%11.5%13.5%12.1%
Injections12.4%26.7%10.7%19.5%
Massage28.3%13.6%5.5%16.9%
Exercise or physical therapy21.2%37.4%31.3%31.3%
Other*38.7%33.7%41.9%36.6%
Less than 35 years35 to 64 years65 years or olderTotal
Prescription painkillers46.5%40.9%23.2%39.7%
Steroids21.9%17.4%4.9%16.7%
Over-the-counter pain medications15.9%13%8.2%13.1%
Surgery12.4%11.5%13.5%12.1%
Injections12.4%26.7%10.7%19.5%
Massage28.3%13.6%5.5%16.9%
Exercise or physical therapy21.2%37.4%31.3%31.3%
Other*38.7%33.7%41.9%36.6%
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by John Elflein, last edited Sep 15, 2017
This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. respondents that were offered select prescription and over-the-counter options by a medical provider for relief of back pain as of 2017, by age. According to the data, 23.2 percent of respondents aged over 65 years were offered prescription pain killers to relieve their back pain.
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