Back pain affects as many as 85 per cent of Albertans at some point in their lives and is the number one cause of prescription and non-prescription drug use, according to the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board.

Anyone who has experienced back pain knows that living with it can be exhausting and frustrating. Left untreated, back pain can seriously impact daily living, impeding even simple, routine activities like walking, sitting and sleeping.

Yet 15 per cent of Canadians report they do nothing to treat their back pain, and another 50 per cent of Canadians will only treat the symptoms and not the cause of the pain.

So, what can you do? Check out these great guides to understand your risk for back pain and whether back pain is holding you back.

Know your risk for back pain

You can do a lot to minimize the stress on your back.

Take this quiz to find out your risk for back pain

What’s holding you back?

Are you holding back from taking control of your back pain and your life?

Take this quiz to find out

If you experience back pain that restricts your activities, a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors are highly educated and specifically trained to diagnose and treat back, neck and joint pain.

For more information, including where to find a chiropractor near you, visit