TABLE 2-6Age-Adjusted Rates of U.S. Adults Reporting Pain in the Last 3 Months, Selected Causes, by Place of Residence, 2009

Cause of PainResidence within Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (%)Residence outside MSA (%)Ratio
Severe headache or migraine15.519.31.25
Low back pain27.133.31.23
Neck pain14.617.71.21
Knee pain18.823.01.22
Shoulder pain8.610.71.24
Finger pain7.48.91.20
Hip pain6.69.11.38

From: 2, Pain as a Public Health Challenge

Cover of Relieving Pain in America
Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2011.
Copyright © 2011, National Academy of Sciences.

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