Back pain is commonest pain type

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Back pain is still the most common pain affecting Australians, a new study has found, affecting nearly 70% of people surveyed.

The 2015 Living with Pain Snapshot Survey, conducted by Chronic Pain Australia, organiser of National Pain Week, found that most people cope with their pain through medication.

The types of pain experienced include:

  • Back pain (69.2%);
  • Nerve pain (48.7%);
  • Headache, including migraine (39.8%);
  • Neuropathic pain (53.1%); and
  • Medically unexplained pain (12%).


Just over half of respondents identified trauma as preceding the onset of their pain, highlighting the need for people to understand the relationship between trauma and pain, and to seek help for post-traumatic stress disorder to help with chronic pain.

Pain was managed by:

  • medication (76%);
  • lifestyle strategies (60%);
  • thinking strategies (43.5%);
  • physiotherapy or other physical therapy (34.5%); and
  • nutritional supplements or dietary strategies (29.3%).


Nearly 1500 people living with pain took the survey.

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