Chiropractic helping older people

Macquarie University Back Pain study
Macquarie University Back Pain study

Are you 55 years or older? and
Have not seen a chiropractor for your back pain within the last 6-months?

Be part of an international research study that focuses on Back Complaints in Elders (BACE).

The team at Body Mind Central – Leichhardt, are proud to be working with Macquarie University in the first long-term study to look at back pain in older chiropractic patients.

The study will include chiropractic patients aged 55 years and over who have not seen a chiropractor for treatment of their low back pain in the past six months.

The study participants will be asked to complete seven surveys (online) over of the next 12 months, as well as receive frequent SMS to ask about their pain.

We are very excited to be participating in practice-based research which will provide valuable information on the health outcomes, costs, safety and satisfaction of chiropractic care for low back pain among older Australians. 

If you are over 55, please call our centre to ask a member of our team about the BACE:C-A study to determine if you are eligible to take part.

Participation is simple, easy and shouldn’t take up much of your time.

If you would like more information about the study, you can contact the Macquarie University research team at or call them on 02 98506009.

Otherwise, contact John Petrozzi at Body Mind Central – Leichhardt (02 9518 0096) to read a participant information sheet and to determine if you are eligible to take part.

Why is back pain in older people important?

Source: Macquarie University

Low Back Pain (LBP) is the leading cause of global disability,1,2 with the increase in disability associated with LBP due primarily to population growth and aging. One in four older Australians have LBP,3 and LBP in older people is more incapacitating than in younger people.4,5 LBP is also associated with poorer physical health6,7 and non-recovery.8 With an ageing population, where 6.2 million Australians will be aged older than 65 by 2042,9 LBP will have an increasingly large burden on the Australian economy. This study will exclusively focus on the burdensome condition of LBP in older Australians.

The Back Complaints in Elders (BACE) consortium is an international cohort study examining back complaints in older people in primary care.10 A European research group has begun a BACE – chiropractic cohort, and this project will join the global collaboration to explicitly explore LBP in older chiropractic patients.


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