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Previous research finds that…

  • An estimated 20 per cent of adult Australians suffer chronic pain.
  • More women than men experience chronic pain.  Chronic pain is most common in women in the 50-54 age bracket and men in the 55-59 age bracket.
  • Injury is the most common cause of chronic pain (38 per cent), though a further third of all people who experience chronic pain are unable to identify the original cause.   Other identified causes include arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions, headache, cancer-related pain, post-surgical persistent pain and non-specific lower back pain.
  • Chronic pain is estimated to cost the Australian economy $34.3 billion each year, which equates to $10,847 for each person with the condition.