Urrrrgh ... our backs are hurting and it's getting worse
ONE in 11 Sunshine Coast residents will complain of a sore back this year, and it is no longer an ailment felt by the older generation.
Sunshine Coast chiropractor Morgan Weber said back pain was the leading cause of days missed at work.
"Arthritis is increasingly common in people, so too is the number of people out of work for those reasons," Dr Weber said.
More than two million Australians experience back problems every year and more than 280,000 people are forced into early retirement due to back and arthritic pain.
Dr Weber said back pain was due to a range of reasons.
"Some of them are traumatic, something's happened and that can be sport or work-related, some of it's lifting and twisting activities that put a strain on the body," he said.
Many complaints stem from poor choices, sitting for long periods of time, or a sedentary lifestyle.
Dr Weber said nutrition was also a factor in how well your spine functioned.
"When people come into chiropractors, we take a look at their whole health, in the context of physical, chemical, mental and emotional things in their life," he said.
"It gives us a sense of the underlying cause of where the complaint is coming from."
Dr Weber said many people often suffered back pain, but didn't seek medical help.
"You're really guessing, unless you know what's going on, and having your spinal system and overall structural health checked, we can know exactly what's going on," he said.
"We take the guessing out of it.
"The majority of people, at some point in time, take pain killers or tough it out, usually that goes on until people can't stand it anymore, or it becomes a significant problem."
For an assessment, contact CAA Queensland on 1800 077 007 or visit www.caaq.com.au to find your Coast CAA chiropractor.