Back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, osteoarthritis – we all know someone living with these conditions. Globally it is estimated that one in five people, or about 1.5 billion people, live with chronic pain, with prevalence increasing as we age.

This World Physiotherapy Day 2019 (Sunday 8 September) the APA wants the 5 million Australians living in chronic pain – defined as persistent pain that impacts a person’s quality of life and ability to work and socialise normally – to better understand the role physiotherapy, education and physical activity plays in effectively managing chronic pain.

Physiotherapists support people with chronic pain to improve function, achieve their goals and enjoy a better quality of life and should be part of every health team treating chronic pain says Dianne Wilson, chair of the APA national pain group.

“Physiotherapists have the clinical expertise to educate people with chronic pain and guide them through a supervised exercise program, setting appropriate goals for their needs and stepping up the program as these goals are achieved.

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