Number of Neck and Back Patients Seeking a Second Opinion
Nearly 1 million (990,040, estimated) back and neck pain patients in the Midwest region of the United States seek spinal surgery-related second opinions. Overall, there are 25 million back and neck patients in the Midwest region, of which 5 million have chronic back pain.
Number of Back and Neck Pain Patients (Midwest)
- According to the National Health Interview Survey, the incidence of back and neck pain in the United States is highest in the Midwest region (36.6%).
- The population of the Midwest region is 68,308,749.
- Therefore, the number of people in the Midwest region with back and neck pain is 25,001,002 (36.6%*68,308,749)
Number of Back and Neck Pain Patients With Chronic Pain (Midwest)
- According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 20% of acute back pain patients in the United States develop chronic back pain.
- Assuming that this statistic remains true for all spinal ailments (including neck, middle, and upper back) in the Midwest region, there are 5,000,200 chronic back and neck pain patients in the Midwest region.
Number of Back and Neck Pain Patients Taking Second Opinions (Midwest)
- According to SpineUniverse’s "Chronic Back Pain in America 2015 Patient Survey", 44% of chronic back pain patients in the United States are recommended to have surgery by their doctors.
- According to SpineUniverse’s "Chronic Back Pain in America 2015 Patient Survey", the percentage of individuals who seek a second opinion on low back pain surgery in the United States is 45%.
- Assuming that the aforementioned nationwide statistics also hold true for the Midwest region, the number of individuals taking second opinions for back and neck surgery in the Midwest region is approximately 990,040 (25,001,002*20%*44%*45%).
As a search through government databases, clinical studies, research reports, industry portals, and expert interviews did not provide the required statistics, we triangulated the number of back and neck pain patients seeking second opinions in the Midwest region.
General Assumptions for Triangulation
The prevalence of back pain in the Midwest is 30.8% (this is large considering the overall prevalence of back and neck pain is 36.6%). Low back pain represents 82% of all back pain doctor visits in the United States. Therefore, a major portion of all back and neck pain cases can be attributed to low back pain, which makes it a good proxy for all back and neck pain related cases.
As the percentage of chronic back pain patients, the percentage of patients recommended surgery, and the percentage of individuals seeking second opinion specific to the Midwest region were not available, we used nationwide statistics to triangulate.
The statistics used for research are older than two years as more recent reports with relevant statistics were not publicly available; we see no apparent reason for the statistics to have changed drastically since 2015.