Back problems are a range of conditions related to the bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles and nerves of the back. Back problems are a significant cause of disability and lost productivity.

  • Cat. no: PHE 231
Findings from this report:
  • In 2017–18, there were 181,000 hospitalisations for back problems

  • About 4.0 million people or 1 in 6 Australians (16%) had back problems in 2017–18

  • Pain at least "moderately" interfered with daily activities for almost 2 in 5 (38%) people with back problems in 2017–18

  • In 2015, back pain was the 2nd leading cause of disease burden, accounting for 4.1% of Australia’s total disease burden