Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018. Back problems snapshot. Cat. no. PHE 231. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 August 2019, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2018). Back problems snapshot. Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Back problems snapshot. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 24 July 2018, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Back problems snapshot [Internet]. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018 [cited 2019 Aug. 25]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2018, Back problems snapshot, viewed 25 August 2019, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Get citations as an Endnote file:
View other formats
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.
3rd leading cause of disease burden in Australia in 2011
4 in 5 people with disability and back problems had difficulty with mobility, communication or self-care in 2012
1 in 6 Australians (16%) reported back problems in 2014–15. That’s 3.7 million people
People with back problems often have other chronic diseases and long-term conditions. These are referred to as 'comorbidities'—two or more health problems occurring at the same time.
In this context, 'back problems' include:
Note: if back problems are caused by another condition such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis they will be classified as that condition and not included here. As such, the true prevalence of back problems presented here may be an underestimate.
The comorbid chronic conditions selected for this analysis include arthritis, cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer. These chronic conditions were selected because they occur frequently in the population.
The risk factors are smoking, physical inactivity, and overweight and obesity.
This information is based on self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2014–15 National Health Survey (NHS), and was last updated in June 2016.
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.