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Managing Neck and Back Pain in America

Discover Americans' preferences for managing neck and back pain, including their perceptions of health care options. This report provides health care professionals valuable insight into patient experiences and preferences for managing neck and back pain.

Adults in the U.S. commonly experience neck and back pain.

Data from the 2018 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic annual study reveal that medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic are often the first point of contact for adults seeking care for neck or back pain. These health care professionals have a unique opportunity to influence the care decisions of neck or back pain sufferers in the United States.

Most neck or back pain patients saw more than one health care professional for care in the last 12 months, demonstrating that Americans are choosing to address their pain using different types of health care professionals. Download the report to discover more and learn how an integrated health care approach could benefit patients experiencing neck or back pain.

An overwhelming majority of Americans

80%

would prefer to see a health care professional who is an expert in spine-related conditions over a general practitioner if they experienced neck or back pain.

62%

of adults have had neck or back pain significant enough that they saw a health care professional for care at some point in their lifetime.

Nearly one in five saw a health care professional for low back pain in the last 12 months.

These data demonstrate that an integrated approach to neck or back pain care, one in which different types of health care providers work together, could be an asset to neck or back pain sufferers in America.

The 2018 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: Managing Neck and Back Pain in America details the results of the fourth annual Gallup-Palmer study. The report highlights findings on Americans' preferences for neck or back pain care, patient experiences with neck or back pain providers, and the prevalence of certain techniques for addressing neck or back pain in the United States.

Download this research brief to learn:

  • the unique experiences of neck and back pain sufferers in the U.S.
  • types of pain management techniques used
  • why U.S. adults choose certain providers for care
  • patient experiences with medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic and physical therapists

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