Journal article

Care for low back pain: can health systems deliver?

Adrian C Traeger, Rachelle Buchbinder, Adam G Elshaug, Peter R Croft, Chris G Maher

Bulletin of the World Health Organization | Published : 2019

Abstract

Low back pain is the leading cause of years lived with disability globally. In 2018, an international working group called on the World Health Organization to increase attention on the burden of low back pain and the need to avoid excessively medical solutions. Indeed, major international clinical guidelines now recognize that many people with low back pain require little or no formal treatment. Where treatment is required the recommended approach is to discourage use of pain medication, steroid injections and spinal surgery, and instead promote physical and psychological therapies. Many health systems are not designed to support this approach. In this paper we discuss why care for low back ..

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