The cost of compensable low back pain

J Occup Med. 1990 Jan;32(1):13-5. doi: 10.1097/00043764-199001000-00007.


Cost data were retrieved from all claims of low back pain initiated during 1986 (N = 98,999) from computerized records of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. The mean cost per case was $6807; median cost, $391. Medical costs represented 31.5% of the total costs; indemnity costs, 67.2%. The total compensable cost for all low back pain in the United States was estimated to be $11.1 billion. Large variations were found to exist among different states in cost per case and percentage of costs for indemnity and medical payments.

MeSH terms

  • Back Pain / economics*
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Humans
  • Insurance Benefits / economics*
  • Insurance, Health / economics*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United States
  • Workers' Compensation