Spinal Health Week 2020: The hidden epidemic of back pain

Chiropractors ask local residents to consider their health options when it comes to back pain, neck pain and headaches


Australians are being asked to consider their options for health intervention on back pain after it was found that an estimated 53,497 people in Logan area are impacted by the potentially debilitating disorder.1  


 According to the Institute of Health & Welfare, around 4 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives.1


Local chiropractors, John Swatland and Lawson Heath believe that while pain is the main symptom, we also know low back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.2








Chiropractic First!


 “The challenge for someone suffering from back pain is they understandably think the only way to treat the problem is through medication.


What Australians need to know is that they have options when it comes to their spinal health, and to consider a chiropractor for a drug free alternative to alleviate pain,” Dr John said.


According to Pain Australia, with chronic pain being one of the most common reasons for people of working age to leave the workforce,3 it’s important that Australians understand all their options for treating their pain.



Why Not Try Chiropractic?


The focus on back pain comes as the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) launches a new national campaign asking all Australians to ‘Consider a Chiro’ when it comes to ailments such as back pain, neck pain and headaches.


Click here for more information on back pain, neck pain or headache.


The ‘Consider a Chiro’ campaign was born out of research that showed Australians were unaware of the type of support and services that the profession provides.


Fast Facts:


  • 78% of patients are satisfied with the quality of treatment and value for money, and
  • 84% were satisfied with the customer service in chiropractic offices.



We Know You’ll Like It!


“Once a person comes in for a consultation with a chiropractor, they are likely to return for future care. However, what we also know is that for a lot of people they are unclear about the type of care chiropractors can provide. It is on this point that we know more work needs to be done,” said Dr Lawson.


For more information about your health options contact us on (07) 3801 5288 and visit the ACA website Consider a Chiro.




    1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems/contents/what-are-back-problems
    2. Hartvigsen J, Hancock MJ, Kongsted A, et al. What low back pain is and why we need to pay attention 2018  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30480-X
    3. Pain Australia: https://www.painaustralia.org.au/about-pain/forms-of-pain/back-pain