The burden of disease due to musculoskeletal conditions and low back pain (LBP) in Australia – as well as globally – remains high and ongoing, particularly with regards to females and older populations.
As a result, LBP alone costs the Australian healthcare system AUD$4.8 billion annually, is one of the most common reasons for visiting a general practitioner and is the leading cause of lost productive years.
Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation’s Katie de Luca and Simon French – along with co-authors Andrew Briggs, Manuela L. Ferreira, Marita Cross, Fiona Blyth & Lyn March – have recently published a paper exploring this important topic in the Chiropractic & Manual Therapies Journal (of which CA is a proud publication partner).
As concluded by this impactful research, strategies for integrative and organisational interventions in the Australian healthcare system should support high-value care and address key modifiable risk factors for disability such as smoking, occupational ergonomic factors and obesity.
You can read the full open-access paper at https://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/…/s12998-022-00434-4