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Understanding and Managing Back Pain

Back pain affects an overwhelming number of Australians—4 out of 5 will encounter it at some stage in their lives. Recognized globally as a leading cause of disability, back pain can significantly impact your quality of life, potentially leading to psychological distress and severe physical discomfort if not addressed properly.

In the fiscal year 2020-21, Australians spent approximately $3.4 billion on treatments for back issues, underscoring the critical need for effective management and care.

What Constitutes Back Problems?

Back problems generally stem from musculoskeletal issues affecting various parts of the spine—from the neck to the lower back—including the sacrum and tailbone. These can range from acute pains like sciatica to chronic conditions such as degenerative disc disorders and scoliosis.

Interestingly, most back pain, particularly among those aged 35 to 55, does not arise from any specific medical condition and is often termed as 'chronic primary low backpain'. Despite its commonality, it can lead to significant disruptions in social life, work, and overall physical activity.

The Impact of Back Pain

One in six Australians report ongoing back issues that affect both their physical and mental well-being. While back pain can suddenly occur and often improves within a few weeks, it tends to recur, and some individuals may experience persistent symptoms.

The experience of back pain can vary significantly; some may feel sharp pain while others suffer from dull aches or spasms. Issues like sciatica can cause pain to radiate down the legs, influencing mood and increasing anxiety about the pain's impact on one's life.

Common Causes of Back Pain

Back pain can be triggered by a myriad of factors such as muscle or ligament strains, weak core muscles, poor posture, excessive sitting, and inadequate physical activity. Other contributing factors include being overweight, aging, and various medical conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis. Stress also plays a notable role in exacerbating back pain.

Who is at Risk?

Individuals engaged in physically demanding jobs are highly susceptible to back pain due to the strain placed on the spine. Older adults and those leading sedentary lifestyles are also at a higher risk, often resulting in chronic pain that limits life's enjoyments.

Treatment Options: Beyond Medication

While pain medications can provide temporary relief, they are not a long-term solution, especially opioids, which have been shown to be ineffective in managing chronic back pain and may even worsen the condition.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Chiropractic care offers a promising alternative. At our clinic, ACA-certified chiropractors employ non-surgical, drug-free techniques to alleviate back pain, enhance joint mobility, and reduce stiffness. We also provide tailored advice on exercise and lifestyle choices to help prevent future spinal health issues and improve overall well-being.

ACA chiropractors are highly trained professionals committed to maintaining the spinal health of Australians through holistic healthcare that addresses the root causes of back pain.

Ready to Improve Your Spinal Health?

If back pain is a concern for you, don't let it hold you back any longer. Call our clinic on 94284033 or book on our website by clicking here.

To find out more about Spinal Health Week, head to the ACA website here.


Dr Mark has a special interest in helping recreational athletes of all ages perform better and prevent injury. Correct breathing and postural alignment are critical for top performance and injury prevention and is an integral part of “The Over 40 Athlete System” that Mark has developed.

Dr Julie has a special interest in helping mothers and “mothers to be”. Her Post Graduate qualifications in Paediatric Chiropractic and as an ex-midwife give her a unique ability to help pregnant women, new mums and their young children.

Yours in Health,

Dr's Mark & Julie


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