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The Hidden Epidemic of Back Pain

The Hidden Epidemic of Back Pain : Chiropractors ask local residents to consider their health options

Australians are being asked to consider their options for health intervention on back pain after it was found that an estimated 326,713 people in Perth 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 chiropractor, Dr Barry Smith believes that while pain is the main symptom, we know low back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.2

“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 Smith 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.

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.

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.

“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 a lot of people 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 Barry Smith.

For more information about your health options contact your local ACA chiropractor at Karrinyup Wellness Centre on 9341 3020 or visit considerachiro.org.au



  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


Dr Barry Smith
By Dr Barry Smith

B.Sc. (Chiro), B.Chiro(Hons), I.C.S.S.D. DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC

Dr Smith is one of the directors of Karrinyup Wellness Centre where he has been practising since 2007. He graduated from Murdoch University with honours and has worked in multi-disciplinary clinics that emphasise paediatric and family care around Australia as well as here in Perth.

In practice, Dr Smith treats families, pregnant mums and children. His enthusiasm and energy give him the ability to work with, engage and captivate the children under his care. He has broad training in a range of chiropractic techniques and extensive training in Neural Organisation Technique and Applied Kinesiology.

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At the Karrinyup Wellness Centre we have brought together a team of chiropractors, naturopaths, massage therapists, kinesiologists and a dietitian all dedicated to providing a holistic approach to your health care. Every member of our team shares a common passion and drive: to help every person in their care to improve and reach their health and wellness potential naturally.

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