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Back Pain Care Spending Nearly Doubled in a Decade
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Americans spent nearly twice as much money on treatment for back pain, in 2007 compared with 1997, or $30.3 billion compared with $16 billion, according to a report from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Back Problems: Use and Expenditures for the U.S. Adult Population, 2007).

The money spent was on an increasing share of office visits to see physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors in ambulatory settings, and on medication—74%, compared with 65% spent on those care expenses in 1997.