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Aging Baby Boomers and the Rising Cost of Chronic Back Pain

Chiro.Org Blog: The “Baby Boomer Generation” is a demographic bulge in the US population considered by the US Census Bureau to encompass those individuals born during the demographic birth boom between 1946 and 1964 (Figure 1). [1] A “pig in a python” metaphor aptly describes the effect of this birth cohort on society, [2] as entire social infrastructures have adapted over time, first expanding and then contracting to meet the changing needs of the boomers. For example, municipal school systems were first overbuilt and then later dismantled or repurposed, to accommodate the boomers as they passed through the educational system. With boomers now approaching retirement age, the US health care system must prepare for the coming shockwave of their increasing health care needs, which will likely include a greater and more costly burden of musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain. […]