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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019. Back problems. Cat. no. PHE 231. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 05 July 2020, https://pp.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2019). Back problems. Retrieved from https://pp.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Back problems. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 30 August 2019, https://pp.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Back problems [Internet]. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019 [cited 2020 Jul. 5]. Available from: https://pp.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2019, Back problems, viewed 5 July 2020, https://pp.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems
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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.
Almost 2 in 5 (38%) people with back problems said pain "moderately" interfered with daily activities in 2017–18
2nd leading cause of disease burden overall in Australia 2015, accounting for 4.1% of Australia’s total disease burden
1 in 6 Australians (16%) had back problems in 2017–18. That’s 4.0 million people
Back problems can be managed in a variety of ways including pain management, rehabilitation, patient education and surgery.
Spinal surgery could be considered in specific circumstances in the treatment of back problems. It may include:
Data from the AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) show that in 2016–17:
The top 3 main reasons for back problem hospitalisations were:
Source: AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database (Data table).
In the 10 years from 2006–07 to 2016–17, the age-standardised acute care hospitalisation rate for back problems among Australians increased slightly from 621 per 100,000 to 752 per 100,000 (Figure 2). Over the same period, the hospitalisation rate for sub-acute and non-acute care for back problems increased nearly 3 times, from 73 per 100,000 to 220 per 100,000.
Note: Age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.
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