Lead Author(s): 

Edward H. Yelin, PhD
Miriam Cisternas, MA

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

The number of persons reporting a spine condition increased by 3.6 million, from 27.4 million in 1996 to 1998 to 31.0 million in 2009 to 2011, while the prevalence, at 10.1%, was unchanged. The majority of spine conditions occur in working age people, with about 36% among persons age 18 to 44 years and another 39% among those age 45 to 64 years. The higher prevalence among working-age persons is reflected in the prominence of spine conditions in workers’ compensation and disability claims. Nevertheless, one in five spine conditions (20%) occurs among persons 65 years and older, with the rate increasing over the years in this age group. (Reference Table 10.1.1 PDF CSV)
Percent of Population with Arthritis Condition by Age, United States 1996-2011


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