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Lancet. 2018 Jun 9;391(10137):2384-2388. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30488-4. Epub 2018 Mar 21.

Low back pain: a call for action.

Author information

1
Cabrini-Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute and Monash University, Malvern, VIC, Australia. Electronic address: rachelle.buchbinder@monash.edu.
2
Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
3
Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden.
4
Masters and Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy, Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
5
Royal Cornwall Hospital and University of Exeter Medical School, Truro, UK.
6
The Back Letter, Newburyport MA, USA.
7
Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, Keele, UK.

Abstract

Low back pain is the leading worldwide cause of years lost to disability and its burden is growing alongside the increasing and ageing population.1 Because these population shifts are more rapid in low-income and middle-income countries, where adequate resources to address the problem might not exist, the effects will probably be more extreme in these regions. Most low back pain is unrelated to specific identifiable spinal abnormalities, and our Viewpoint, the third paper in this Lancet Series,2,3 is a call for action on this global problem of low back pain.

PMID:
29573871
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30488-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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