Spending on Neck and Back Treatment Doubles

According to a report published in the September issue of the Spine orthopedic journal, patient spending among those seeking treatment for neck and back problems in the U.S. nearly doubled since the late 1990s.

The biggest driver of the 95 percent increase in spending was for medical specialist care, while spending on primary care doctors and chiropractors remained stable.

According to the study’s authors, the current approximate cost of diagnosis and management of lower back pain in the United States is $90 billion per year.