Facts & Stats
Hundreds of thousands of Australians visit Australia's 4,400 chiropractors each week, because they want effective, drug-free, non-invasive health care.
If you suffer back pain, headaches, or simply want to improve your spinal health, chiropractic health care can provide important health benefits.
*80% of Australians will experience back pain during their lives
*Australians endure $12 billion worth of sick days each year due to back pain
Chiropractic care for back pain
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has calculated that 1.8 million Australians – almost 10% of the population – suffer back problems.
- The Institute states that many back problems commence in the 15-34 age group. People with back problems were two and a half times as likely to have disorders such as depression. This is a really serious problem – estimated to force 280,000 Australians into early retirement annually and costing the economy $12 billion.
- US Doctors recently recommended chiropractic care as a form of treatment for lower back pain in a 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- A 2011 study by independent consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports surveyed 45,000 people and found that 65% of patients who used chiropractic care for back or neck pain stated that it had 'helped a lot', outranking all other treatments included in the survey, including prescription medication.
- A 2013 study found that chiropractic care in conjunction with standard medical care offers a significant advantage for reducing pain and improving physical function for men and women aged 18-35 with acute lower back pain.
- Around 70% of the population are likely to suffer neck pain at some point in their lives according to a 2012 study, which found that chiropractic care was more effective than medication in treating neck pain in both the short and long term. The study also found that home exercise based on sound advice could deliver similar improvements in most cases.
- In a study of people with new workers compensation claims for back injury in Washington State, researchers found that the type of health professional consulted first by patients had a huge impact on whether patients with back problems chose to have surgery. The researchers reported that 42.7% of workers with a back injury that saw a surgeon first had surgery, whereas only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor first had surgery.