Chronic Back Pain in America:
Survey Results

Chronic Back Pain Resources and Patient Trust

Eighty-four percent (84%) of 764 patients with chronic back pain indicated they sought to learn more about the cause of their pain and symptoms, and non-operative and surgical treatment options. The types of educational resources utilized by 645 patients are listed below.

  • 95% = Internet searches
  • 40% = Asked family or friends
  • 38% = Doctor's website
  • 37% = Materials provided by the patient's doctor
  • 12% = Public library
  • 12% = Book store
  •   9% = Hospital library
  •   9% = Other*
  •   7% = Doctor provided DVD

*Survey participants were asked "what other resources" they accessed to learn about chronic neck or back pain. Their responses included SpineUniverse.com, newspapers, and magazines.

Specific Questions and Survey Participants' Answers

Did the resource(s) influence or change or your opinion about the cause of pain and symptoms, non-operative and/or surgical treatment? (n=645)

  • 27% = Yes
  • 56% = No
  • 17% = Not sure

Did you check a/any spine manufacturer's website(s) to learn about surgical procedures, instrumentation, and devices? (n=645)

  • 50% = Yes
  • 50% = No

Did the manufacturer's resource(s) influence or change your opinion about the cause of chronic pain, symptoms, non-operative or surgical treatments? (n=645)

  • 17% = Yes
  • 68% = No
  • 15% = Not sure

Many patients (n=451) indicated they sought information about their doctor and/or his/her rating on the Internet.

Did the information and/or rating you found influence or change your opinion about a particular doctor or surgeon?

  • 31% = Yes
  • 59% = No
  • 10% = Not sure

Who Patients Trust to Provide Spine Care
All survey participants (n=764) weighed in on who they trust to provide spine care. The most selected specialists are listed.

  • 49% = Neurosurgeon
  • 47% = Pain Medicine Specialist
  • 45% = Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • 37% = Primary Care Physician
  • 19% = Chiropractor
  • 12% = Rheumatologist
Updated on: 03/05/14
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Chronic Back Pain in America 2013 Survey Overview

The results of the Chronic Back Pain in America 2013 are presented. The survey enabled qualified patient participants to provide information about one or more of their chronic spinal conditions—cervical, thoracic, and/or lumbar/sacral. This comprehensive survey anonymously captured responses from upwards of 764 adult patients with chronic back pain
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