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WE'VE GOT Your Back

The cost of chronic pain in Canada is over $38 billion a year. It’s time for a solution.

Pain Changes Everything.
Chiropractic Care Changes Pain.

To learn more about CCA’s Policy Recommendations, please click here.

Each year, more than 11 million Canadians suffer from musculoskeletal conditions. In 2031 this number is projected to grow to 15 million.


Musculoskeletal conditions among CAF members are double that of the general Canadian population. Musculoskeletal injury is a major occupation risk of a military career and is responsible for 42 per cent of medical releases.

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The annual cost of chronic pain is between $38.2 billion to $40.3 billion in healthcare and lost production. By 2030, it is expected to reach $55 billion.

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Without policy solutions from the government, Canadians will continue to suffer and 

Canada’s economy will not reach its full potential.

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Quick Facts


1 in 8 Canadians
are diagnosed with chronic back pain


85 per cent of
workers will suffer back pain in their lifetime


72.9 per cent of chronic pain sufferers say that pain interferes with work


1/3 of all lost time at work is caused by back pain

Chiropractors Have Your Back

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Canada’s chiropractors are a critical part of the solution to address this growing epidemic.

Each year, at least 4.7 million Canadians rely on the healthcare provided by chiropractors to prevent and manage the serious burden of musculoskeletal pain and diseases. 

Chiropractic care has significant long-term benefits, from increasing the quality of life for patients and helping employees return to work faster, to reducing public healthcare costs and pressures on the system. Chiropractic treatments are evidence-informed, non-invasive, drug-free manual therapies that are often combined with therapeutic exercise and lifestyle modifications.

Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, headaches, arm or neck strain and diseases of the muscle and joints are having a devastating impact on Canadians’ health, quality of life, and workforce participation and on Canada’s economy.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened Canada’s opioid crisis with many communities reporting record numbers of opioid-related deaths.

2020 was the worst year for opioid-related deaths in Canadian history.

The Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF), under Health Canada, has found that the lack of access to non-opioid options to treat pain is one of the factors contributing to this crisis.

The implementation of the CPTF Action Plan needs to be a priority for the government, to support Canadians suffering from chronic pain and to address the opioid crisis.

Chiropractors are an essential solution in ensuring Canadians can address chronic pain without opioids. Increasing access to chiropractic care for all Canadians, including federal populations like the armed forces and veterans, is a low-cost approach to ensuring healthy and active lifestyles.

We’ve got your back!

As spine, muscle, and nervous system experts, chiropractors provide qualified, effective treatment to promote health, alleviate pain, and improve your quality of life.

Chiropractic care is a regulated health profession in all provinces and remains one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing primary contact care professions.

Chiropractors focus on your spine, muscle, and nervous system and treat the bones, muscles, soft tissues, and joints that you use every day. The spine, muscle, and nervous system supports your weight, keeps your body stable, protects your organs, and keeps you moving. It also connects directly to other vital systems in your body, which is why medical professionals, researchers, and the wider health community trust the spine care expertise of chiropractors to assess, diagnose, and treat conditions and injuries related to the spine, muscle, and nervous system. For optimal health and quality of life, a chiropractor should be part of every Canadian’s healthcare team. Learn more about the Canadian Chiropractic Association here.


WE'VE GOT Your Back

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