1 in 6 Australians are experiencing the physical and psychological effects of chronic back problems. Of the estimated 3.7 million people suffering from chronic back problems, many are also likely to suffer from poor quality of life and are unable to engage in an active, healthy life.1
With around 70-90% of Australians suffering from lower back problems in some form at some point in their lives, it is fast becoming a major public health concern.
While the burden of low back pain is ranked sixth in the world, it is ranked first in Australasia.
With such a far-reaching impact, it is important to raise awareness of chronic back problems and take steps to reduce its effect.
Chronic back pain can be quite distressing but there is no need to suffer in silence. There are steps you can take to address chronic pain symptoms. Improvements, no matter how small, may help you feel like yourself again. Taking small steps towards better health and seeking professional advice can make a big difference in how you feel.
1. 1 in 6 Australians have chronic back problems (AIHW). Aihw.gov.au.2017.Web