Google is quite a powerful tool when it comes to searching for information.  And there are billions of searches each day.  What’s fascinating is to learn what searches are common.  And when it comes to our most Googled injuries, a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, has done the hard part for us.  They analyzed Google data to see which personal injuries and ailments each state is searching for the most.

A spokesperson for Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers said:

“Injuries are always unexpected and can have a long-time effect both mentally and physically. This research highlights what injuries individuals are searching and are most concerned about, by spreading this knowledge we can make people more aware of what some of the most common injuries are. It is fascinating to see how this research is reflective across all the states, such as bursitis being the top searched injury in 32 states.”

Another important concern? Workplace injuries.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020, there were an estimated 1.8 million workers in the US who sustained work-related injuries.  And these injuries resulted in emergency department treatments.

For this study, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers looked at a list of 102 injuries across the United States and determined the top five most Googled injuries in each state.

When it came to Georgia and South Carolina, the lists were very similar.  The rankings were slightly different on each though.  And from what it looks like, Georgians are a bit more concerned about injuries than South Carolina.  Georgia definitely did more searches overall for injuries it seems!

Most Googled Injuries

Photo Courtesy of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC

Methodology: Google keyword planner data was taken for a list of 102 injuries for each State over the last 12 months, average monthly search volume was then used to rank each injury. Some injuries were removed because they were ambiguous or posed issues with not being able to establish search intent. 

  • Back Injury

    Back injury only ranked in the top 5 most Googled injuries for Georgia.  It came in fifth place with 5,818 searches in a total month on average. There are more than one million workers who suffer with back injuries each year.  Also, back injuries account for 1 of every 5 workplace injuries/illnesses.

    Out of all the states searching for back injuries, Georgia averages the highest amount of searches for the injury.

    Back Injury -Man's hands on his back with red spot as suffering on backache. Male person sick from lower back pain from Herniated or slipped discs,Degenerative, sacroiliac joint, spinal stenosis, Pancreatic Cancer

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  • Muscle Strain

    Muscle strain appeared on both top 5 lists.  It was the fourth most searched injury in both Georgia and South Carolina.  For Georgia, there are around 5,958 searches on average each month. In South Carolina there are fewer searches for this injury, with an average of just 2,558.

    Acute muscle strain can happen by using incorrect or poor body posture when lifting heavy object.  Chronic muscle strain happens when a muscle is stressed by repeating a motion over and over.

    Male athlete runner muscle and ankle injury after jogging. Athlete man runner touching muscle in painful. Muscle and ankle injury concept.

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  • Bursitis

    Bursitis was the number one searched injury for South Carolina, and came in third for Georgia.  In South Carolina, bursitis had around 3,367 searches per month on average.  For Georgia, it received around 7,250 searches per month on average.

    From this, you can see that Georgian’s seem to search injuries quite a bit more than South Carolinians!

    Bursitis causes joint paint and swelling.  This pain is often associated with jobs that require repetitive movement or prolonged pressure on the joints.

    woman putting an ice pack on her arm pain, healthy and medical concept

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  • Shin Splints

    Shin splints made both top 5 lists, coming in second place for Georgia and third place for South Carolina. Shin splints got around 2,658 searches per month on average in South Carolina.  Georgia searches shin splints quite a bit more, with an average of 7,367 per month.

    Shin splints cause tenderness and pain along the inner side of the shinbone.  It can cause mild swelling.  Shin splints are usually caused by exercise.  Out of all the states, California searches shin splints the most, with an average of 28,783 per month.

    Female runner suffering with pain on sports running knee injury

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  • Carpal Tunnel Syndome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome ranked at number two for South Carolina, with around 3,250 searches per month on average.  But it came in first place for Georgia. On average, carpal tunnel syndrome was searched 7,750 times per month in Georgia.

    Carpal tunnel syndrom is pressure on a nerve in the wrist.  It can lead to pain and numbness in the hands and fingers.  The surgery for this condition is the most common wrist and hand surgery in the US.

    woman suffering from wrist pain, numbness, or Carpal tunnel syndrome hand holding her ache joint

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  • Scarring

    Scarring didn’t make the top 5 for Georgia, but it came in fifth place for South Carolina. It averaged around 1,875 searches per month.  Scarring is formed around wounds after cuts, burns, sores, incisions, or skin conditions.  Scars can vary in size, shape, and color.

    Caucasian woman's upper back with a scar.

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  • Top 5 Most Googled Injuries


    5. Back Injury

    4. Muscle Strain

    3. Bursitis

    2. Shin Splints

    1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    South Carolina

    5. Scarring

    4. Muscle Strain

    3. Shin Splints

    2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    1. Bursitis

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