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Low Back Pain (LBP) is extremely common, and is the largest single cause of years lived with disability in Australia closely with Ischaemic heart disease (Global Burden of Disease Australian Health 2016). Specific data shows that LBP was the top cause of years lived with disability in both 1990 and 2010, with a 12% increase over this time so the problem is getting worse.

Estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014–15 National Health Survey show about 3.7 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives.

Back pain. athletic running woman with back injury

What Can It Cause?

Back pain if left untreated is associated with poor posture and injuries, diseases such as osteoarthritis, degeneration, osteoporosis, and some genetic conditions. Other factors may increase the risk of developing back problems down the lines include age, physical fitness, smoking, being overweight, and the type of work people are involved in.

What Can Be Done?

Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Generally, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures.

Many studies have concluded that manual therapies commonly used by chiropractors are generally effective for the treatment of lower back pain1-2, as well as for treatment of lumbar herniated disc for radiculopathy and neck pain, among other conditions.

 

  1. Rubinstein SM, van Middelkoop M, et. al, “Spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low-back pain,” Cochrane Database Syst Rev(2): CD008112. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008112.pub2. PMID 21328304.

  2. Dagenais S, Gay RE, Tricco AC, Freeman MD, Mayer JM (2010), “NASS Contemporary Concepts in Spine Care: Spinal manipulation therapy for acute low back pain,” Spine J10 (10): 918–940. doi:10.1016/j.spinee.2010.07.389. PMID 20869008.

Kate Granger