What Back Pain Costs You…

What do it cost to “manage” your back pain?

Do you know what the average person with back pain spends on themselves every year ? The average cost spend is just over $2000, with around $900 being spent on medication ( Kirby et al, Dec 2013).

Thats’ a huge amount of money that we don’t “see” as it adds up:

  • doctors appointments
  • specialist appointments
  • medication
  • xrays/ scans/ ultra sounds
  • specialist injections
  • allied health care

When you say it out loud at “2 grand” – that’s a huge amount of money that is spent “managing” the problem. If you fall under this category that means that mount yearly PLUS the RPI addition of inflation yearly.


Surely the best way forward is to take a small portion of what your spending already and INVEST that into trying to FIX and find a long term management strategy that actually works!

We have a keen interest in trying to get chronic pain clients to understand that this is NOT your lot.

  • You CAN move forward.
  • You CAN seek out help
  • You shouldn’t GIVE UP even if you feel you’ve EXHAUSTED ALL AVENUES

You may not have found the right method or strategy FOR YOU.


If you see a GP – they are most likely to offer medication and maybe investigations

If you see a surgeon – they will offer “surgery” if their is something they can fix

If you see a chiro – they will adjust if you are out of alignment

and so on….

But what you REALLY NEED TO WORK OUT is what is causing your pain  NOW!



once your pain is chronic a whole heap of changes have occurred.

  • You are no longer in that acute inflammatory stage where anti-inflammatory medications are required
  • your core strength (deep muscle support) is now very weak or not working at all
  • your BIG mover muscles are now over working and doing too much
  • Some muscles will now be long and others short
  • some muscles will be working too hard and others not at all

All theses are what we classify as COMPENSATORY CHANGES.

These are what you now need to be addressing – not what the issue was 6 months ago or 2 years ago.

Make sure you find someone physio based that can do a full assessment of you – preferably also offering clinical based Pilates rehab so you can get accurate and specialised training to restore your body back to “normal function” – that’s what our forte is. Call us on 9306 8819 if you would like to make a booking.

If you would like to get our self help back tips for pain management – we have designed a TOOL KIT


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About Saree Hewlett (129 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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