The Hidden Costs of Back Pain

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on August 3rd, 2020

The Hidden Costs of Back Pain

Healthcare costs in the United States are among the highest in the world and low back pain is one of the major contributors fueling high healthcare costs. People with back pain average 60% higher healthcare costs than for those without. In the workplace, lower back pain is the leading cause of work related disability in the US; sidelining good workers and costing employers millions. The trickle down effect is that many employers have had to reduce healthcare coverage for employees and their families or limit pay increases in order to offset these rising healthcare costs.

Back pain can be caused by a variety of factors including strain, injury, congenital conditions or more serious medical issues, such as ruptured discs. Long periods of staying in the same position can be a major contributor to both acute and chronic back pain. To truly diagnose and resolve back pain, the root cause of your back pain must be evaluated to design an individual treatment program specific to you.

Research shows that not only is physical therapy treatment for back pain cheaper than injections or surgery in the short-term, it’s likely to save on treatment costs for at least a year after initial diagnosis.

The average total cost of low back pain treatment when physical therapy was used first was $3,992 – 19% lower than when injections were used first ($4,905) and 75% lower than having surgery first ($16,195). Furthermore, starting physical therapy sooner directly correlates with lower costs.

Taking steps to increase your health and reduce back pain is extremely beneficial to your life, and your wallet. Our therapists are standing by, ready to reduce your pain and increase your quality of life through our expert physical therapy services. Click Here to schedule your evaluation or call 610-589-2263!