Back and Neck Pain Top U.S. Health Care Spending

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Lower back and neck pain cost the United States about $134.5 billion in 2016, more than the all types of cancer combined, a new study says.

Researchers assessed public, private and out-of-pocket spending on health care for 154 health conditions from 1996 to 2016, CNN reported.

Low back and neck pain was on top, followed by other musculoskeletal conditions including joint and limb pain, diabetes, heart disease, falls and urinary diseases, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Obesity, inactivity, technology and poor diet have all been linked to back and neck pain, CNN reported.

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