The over-medicalization of back pain is a global concern. New research in Canada shows that people with lower income as well as rural and remote dwellers are less likely to access physiotherapy care.
The four million Australians who suffer from mental illness have a shorter life expectancy.
There's some evidence osteopathy can reduce the need for pain medications.
As the nation grapples with its opioid addiction epidemic, one solution for many with chronic joint pain and back pain could be physical therapy. But it's often underutilized. Here's why.
A recent series on low back pain by the global medical journal The Lancet shows doctors often overlook recommended treatments, such as advice to stay active and to exercise.
OMT can reduce anxiety and improve self-care too.
A new study has found no evidence to suggest a link between carrying a heavy backpack and back pain in these age groups.
Australia's complex and awkward system of workplace income support is a barrier to working with an illness or injury.
Trust Me I’m An Expert: The science of pain.
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Our podcast Trust Me, I'm An Expert, goes beyond the headlines and asks researchers to explain the evidence on issues making news. Today, we're talking pain and what science says about managing it.
Rates of spinal fusion surgery for back pain are on the rise. This is despite little evidence that it's an effective procedure and studies showing many will have revision surgery within ten years.
Just 60 minutes a week can have a very positive effect.
Opioids should only be considered in limited circumstances for low back pain.
New research shows yoga can improve back and neck pain, but can put strain on the body in some poses.
Prescriptions of the drug pregabalin to treat sciatica have skyrocketed in recent years. But a new study shows it brings only side effects, and not relief for sufferers.
Chronic pain often comes with other illnesses. Researchers have now shown that genetics can play a part in how likely you are to suffer.
Although common, back pain has many causes, and a quick drug fix is not the answer. But there are things you can do to get back on track.
You may think you know what causes lower back pain, but you're probably wrong.
The blame for pain in kids is often directed at school bags, computer and small-screen device usage, posture, or other biomechanical targets.
Roughly a quarter of patients under 45 years suffering ongoing lower-back pain without an obvious other cause will have the disease ankylosing spondylitis.
We often think of posture as a physical thing – but our minds play a crucial part too.