New research from Imperial College London, Arthritis Research UK and the University of Aberdeen shows that around 28 million adults in the UK are affected by some type of chronic back pain, which is when pain last for three or more months.
Researchers used data from 19 studies that included around 140,000 adults. The results show the estimate that around 43% of people in the UK experience chronic pain. More adults aged 75 or over (62%) experienced more pain than those aged 18 to 25 (14.3%).
The researchers concluded: “Chronic pain affects between one-third and one-half of the population of the UK, corresponding to just under 28 million adults, based on data from the best available published studies. This figure is likely to increase further in line with an ageing population.”