Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading contributor to disability worldwide, with lower back pain being the single leading cause of disability globally.

Pain doesn’t just happen to older workers but can happen across the course of our life. One in five Australians lives with persisting pain and less than ten per cent get the help they need to recover.

But pain doesn’t have to lead to long-term disability that reduces your quality of life. There is a lot you and your treating clinician can do to reduce your likelihood of long-term pain or to help you manage chronic pain.

Watch the videos

Overview of Pain

In this video Lisa gives an overview of why pain occurs

Acute Pain

Lisa talks about what ‘acute’ pain means and how long this lasts for

The Science of Pain

Lisa breaks down some of the science behind pain

Treatment for Pain

In this video Lisa talks about the types of treatment you may be offered when you are experiencing pain

Recovery with Pain

This video gives you an idea of what recovery looks like when you experience pain

“Following your injury as you recover it’s not usually a smooth path. There are times where you might have more pain and you might be worried about that. Your physiotherapist should provide you with strategies to help you manage this.”

Additional Resources

There are a lot of great resources about pain out there to help you understand what is happening in your body:

WHO - Musculoskeletal conditions

World Health Organization Fact Sheet on Musculoskeletal conditions

Tame the beast - It's time to rethink persistent pain (YouTube video)

In this video Professor Lorimer Moseley explains how pain works and explains new approaches to help reduce your pain.

Why things hurt - TExAdelaide (YouTube video)

Why do we hurt? Do we actually experience pain, or is it merely illusion? In this video, Lorimer Moseley explores these questions.

Tame the Beast (website)

It's time to retrain your pain system. This might mean asking your health professional new questions.

The brain's role in pain (RN Health Report)

This Radio National Health Report by Norman Swan features an interview with Kane who experiences chronic back pain.

Pain Scientists Answer Common Questions About Pain (YouTube video)

Three top pain scientists - Prof Lorimer Moseley, Dr. Tasha Stanton, Dr. David Butler - answer questions about pain.

Explaining Brain Smudging (YouTube video)

An evidenced based multimedia approach to teaching neuroplasticity.

Pain Revolution Tour Video (YouTube video)

Leading pain scientist Professor Lorimer Moseley explains the science behind 'Explain Pain' - and the good news for chronic pain sufferers.


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