Public health

1 in 6 Australians have chronic back pain


An estimated 3.7 million Australians had chronic back problems in 2014–15, an AIHW report shows.

The report, Impacts of chronic back problems,  also showed that people with chronic back problems were around two times more likely to report a poorer quality of life than those in the general population.

Almost 7% experienced very high levels of psychological distress, and 4% experienced very severe bodily pain compared with 4% and 1.5%, respectively, in the general population, the report showed.

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