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Chronic low back pain in New Zealand

I would like to know the recorded number and percentage of people diagnosed with chronic low back pain and currently living with chronic low back pain in New Zealand. Also, I would like to know the cost per year or per period of time that this condition has had on the government/healthsystem whether direct health cost (treament,diagnosis) or indirect such as time off work, ACC coverage sickness benifit. I would like numbers and percentages, but also if any graphs/figures are available to show the trend of this condition over time and possibly projection data of the future burden of this condition.

I am putting together a post graduate presentation through the University of Auckland on Chronic low back pain NZ stats and costs to make aware to my colleagues the burden of this condition.

Response from
Accident Compensation Corporation

Request received

Kia ora Hillary, if you want to contact us at with what you are after we can help you out.


  • ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation)

    Kia ora Evania, ACC can provide claims information for lower back/spine injuries, rather than pain specifically. Please contact us at if we can help you further.

  • Evania Vallyon

    To second that, I would appreciate having access to this material to contextualise my research. Thank you!

  • Hillary

    Hi there, is this information still available and if so could I please receive a copy? I am needing it for a similar post-graduate project. Thank you!