Healthcare Costs and Savings
Almost 7 million GP visits are due to back pain annually 1.
LBP is responsible for the loss of 2,313 of disability adjusted life years (DALY) per 100,000 – a much higher ratio than the remainder of musculoskeletal issues (911), depression (704) and diabetes (337) combined 3.
Mitigating against one person needing to see their GP once, would save £45 of GP’s time and £41.35 in prescription charges 4.
Preventing low back pain from becoming chronic would save an average £1074 per patient 5. This would save £628.29 in GPs time, £239.5 in referrals to secondary care and £206.21 in pain relief medication.