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Back pain is very common and affects most people at some point in their life. Learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and how to prevent it.
Back pain self-care
If you have back pain, there are things you can do to help manage the condition, including moving, using hot and cold treatments, and taking care at work.
Back pain diagnosis and treatment
Find out how a doctor diagnoses the cause of back pain and how to treat it, including with pain relief medication, physical therapy, acupuncture and self-care.
What causes back pain?
Information on causes of back pain, including activities that can trigger it, factors that increase the risk of developing back pain, and links to resources.
What is back pain?
Trusted information on what back pain is, and links to trusted resources
Back pain prevention
To prevent back pain, you need to reduce excess stress and strain on your back – for example, with good posture, sleeping, exercise, and lifting and handling.
Is my back pain serious?
Information on how to decide whether your back pain is serious, about the different symptoms, when to get medical help, and links to trusted resources.
Spondylolisthesis is a problem with the back that can cause lower back pain and muscle tightness. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment options.
A laminectomy is recommended to ease back pain but only if alternative treatments such as physiotherapy and medication have not worked.
Spinal disc problems
Problems with your spinal discs can lead to back pain, sciatica and other problems. Learn about the causes and treatment options for spinal disc problems.
Trusted information about musculoskeletal conditions from leading Australian health organisations, including links to content on arthritis, osteoporosis and back pain.