Back Pain In Australia Infographic


Back Pain in Australia – The Facts


Back Pain In Australia Infographic Summary

Back pain problems include a range of conditions related to the bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles and nerves of the back.

  • The conditions can affect the neck, upper back, lower back as well as the sacrum and tailbone.
  • Back problems are a significant cause of disability and lost productivity in Australia
  • 38% of people with back problems said pain ‘moderately’ interfered with daily activities
  • 16% of Australians experienced back problems in 2017-18
  • In Australia, back pain is the second leading cause of ‘disease burden‘ (disease burden is the impact of a health problem as measured by financial cost, mortality, morbidity, or other indicators)
  • 70-90% of Australians will suffer from lower back pain at some point
  • In one study, 14% of people experience constant or persistent pain while 86% experience pain one day/week
  • Solutions to back pain: Stretch, manual therapies (chiropractic, physiotherapy, remedial massage), improve posture, use ice or heat therapy, and try to stay active.


Quick Links



  1. Australian Government Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  2. My Back Relief Clinic
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