5 tips for back pain care that will improve patient outcomes
Low back pain is a significant global issue for both patients and the health system.
In Australia, it contributes to around one-third (31%) of the total burden of all musculoskeletal conditions, making it the most burdensome musculoskeletal complaint in 2011 (see figure 1).1
Almost seven million Australians have musculoskeletal conditions and expenditure on health services is substantial.
For example, in 2008–09, musculoskeletal conditions were the fourth largest overall contributor to direct health