The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has published a report today, which highlights the severity of back problems. Almost 10% of the Australian population is considered to be suffering from back aches.
The report includes data gathered as a part of a National Health Survey conducted in the year 2007-2008.
The findings in the reports suggest that the majority of the population that suffers the back problems includes the working class. The people aged between 15 and 19 years bear the problem less in comparison to those aged between 30 and 34 years. By the time a person lies between the age group of 35 and 64, their problem almost stabilizes and moving on to the next age group, their problem declines.
As mentioned, back problems are majorly administered amongst the working class, thus ultimately affecting the productivity, as most of them are unable to perform well due to their problem.
A survey conducted in 2009 discovered that 80% of the people suffering from back aches has to limit their work accordingly, as a result one-third of them had to work for full-time, in comparison to the 47.5% people, who didn't face such problems.
Apart from this the health department has to pay for the health-care costs, which are estimated to be one billion a year.