United States of America Has a $125 Billion US Dollars Spine Care Problem
The United States of America (USA), is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 320 million people, the country is the world’s third or fourth-largest by total area and the third most populous. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries.
What is little known, however, is that many Americans suffer from #backpain and #neckpain.
Americans are not aware that studies say that 1/138 America’s 17.5 trillion US dollars GDP is spent on spine related problems, costing $125 billion US dollars. Furthermore, the spine affects the physical, emotional and financial well being of each of America’s 321 million citizens. According to Dr. Matthew A. Davis at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, “basically each year the US bureau of labor statistics releases indices for the pricing of different services and goods (based on economic analyses, dollar value etc.)” I used the index for medical services in 2005 (328.4) compared to 2016 (470.91). The difference therefore is the relative change in pricing due to inflation. To convert the 2005 dollars to 2016 equivalents you simply take $90 billion x (470.91/328.4) = $128.8 billion. These are the actual numbers by the published assessments, which does not include new technologies of which there are many.
A recent study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and published in Lancet shows that in 1990 and in 2013, the world’s #1 source and burden of disability is low back pain, and the world’s #4 source and burden of disability is neck pain.
Americans are suffering. They want answers and strategies to stop this suffering. Every year more and more American citizens get permanently stuck with #backpain, and #neckpain
About Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj:
Kenneth K. Hansraj, M.D. is a 2016 and 2017 recipient of the New York Top Doc Award who is a spinal and orthopedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar procedures, bloodless spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, laminectomies and spinal fusions. He believes in whole body wellness, preventative care and that the spine is a principal indicator of general health impacted by “human software and hardware.”
Dr. Ken is the author of the internationally bestselling book, Keys to an Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine, (January, 2013), which he was inspired to write based on this concept. Dr. Hansraj is also the author of Bloodless Spine Surgery: Pictures and Explanations. His goal with each of his books is to bring years of accumulated expert medical knowledge to the public at-large in an easy-to digest format and to help countless individuals with ongoing spinal and health issues.
Dr. Ken Hansraj is TV and media trained and has extensive experience with national outlets such as CNN, HLN, CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, NPR and has been featured globally. Cision® estimates his current media impressions at 5.5 Billion.