What is this article about?
More patients consult general practitioners about low back pain than any other musculoskeletal condition. About 16% of Australians (4 million) are currently affected by low back pain, and about 70 to 90% of people are expected to experience it at some point during their lifetime. Back pain is a leading cause of disability that may adversely affect all aspects of daily functioning. Between 10 and 40% of adults with low back pain are estimated to experience persistent and disabling symptoms.