Low back pain (LBP) is by far the most common reason people seek care from chiropractors all over the world. The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, just published a series of three papers dealing with LBP in a global perspective. The main conclusion from the series is that worldwide easy access to, and overuse of, inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, ophioids and surgery mean patients are not receiving the right care. As a result, patients are harmed and resources are wasted. The solution is to manage LBP in primary care using interventions such as patient education, advice to stay active and at work, exercises and, for some, manual treatment.
Low back pain (LBP) is a very common symptom everywhere and the leading cause of years lived with disability globally. Yet compared to other burdensome public health problems, there is little investment in research about how to prevent and manage LBP; there is a significant evidence-practice gap with lack of implementation of guideline-recommended approaches to management; and there is a lack of coherent public health strategies to reverse the disability burden. Consequently, disability caused by LBP has increased 54 percent between 1990 and 2015 and is projected to increase even further.
LBP places a huge, and growing burden on individuals and societies everywhere. Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, ophioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are wasted.
This article provided By Jan Hartvigsen, DC, PhD. The Lancet Low Back Pain Series papers are freely available at: www.thelancet.com/series/low-back-pain.
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