Chronic Pain in Australia

According to the Australian Government Publication May 2020

"People with chronic pain have higher rates of long-term conditions

Several long-term health conditions are associated with chronic pain. Musculoskeletal conditions (for example, arthritis and back pain), cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, asthma, stroke, and bowel

disease may be associated with increased risk of experiencing chronic pain (Butchart et al. 2009; Dominick et al. 2012).

There may also be a two-way relationship between chronic pain and mental health disorders. Many people with chronic pain report psychological distress (Lerman et al. 2015), and psychological symptoms may be associated with increased risk of chronic pain (Gerrits et al. 2015).

Compared with people without chronic pain, those with chronic pain were 2.6 times as likely to have arthritis, 2.5 times as likely to have mental health problems, 2.5 times as likely to have osteoporosis and 2.4 times as likely to have other long-term health conditions, or a long-term injury.

The survey did not explore whether the long-term health conditions caused the person’s chronic pain. The cause of chronic pain is often complex and difficult to identify (Painaustralia 2019a)."

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