The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS - – ELIN

One in six – that’s how many Aussies ex­pe­ri­ence back pain each year. Not only that but it’s the lead­ing cause of time off work across the na­tion, with 25 per cent of suf­fer­ers aged 18- 44 tak­ing at least 10 sick days a year.

And even if you’re lucky enough to be free of a sore back right now, chances are you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence this de­bil­i­tat­ing is­sue one day, with studies show­ing that as many as 90 per cent of Aussies will have back pain at some point in their life. And be­cause it’s caused by all man­ner of dif­fer­ent con­di­tions – from ex­er­cise-in­duced mus­cle strain or sit­ting at a desk for too long, to os­teoarthri­tis and more se­ri­ous ge­netic dis­eases – the symp­toms can vary from a dull ache, to ex­cru­ci­at­ing keep-you-awake-at­night stab­bing pains, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. As a re­sult, there re­ally is no one- size-fits-all ap­proach to treat­ing and liv­ing with back pain.

Nev­er­the­less, many of us con­tinue to search for a uni­ver­sal so­lu­tion and un­wit­tingly put our­selves at risk of fur­ther dam­age. Our spe­cial fea­ture on page 4 ex­plores the pain man­age­ment mis­takes we all com­monly make. Us­ing heat, rest­ing too much, de­mand­ing an MRI – they can all cause more harm than good. Check it out to see if there’s a bet­ter way to man­age your symp­toms.

Then head to page 6 to try Michelle Bridges’ sim­ple but ef­fec­tive cir­cuit to help you build a stronger back. Here’s wish­ing you a pain-free week.

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