Journal article

Bone health and back pain: What do we know and where should we go?

AM Briggs, LM Straker, JD Wark

OSTEOPOROSIS INTERNATIONAL | SPRINGER LONDON LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Bone health is generally not considered in patients who present with chronic back pain. Nonetheless, bone health and back pain share common genetic and environmental correlates suggesting a co-dependence. Evidence exists for a relationship between back pain and impaired bone health. Here we present the evidence, theoretic framework and clinical relevance. Bone health and back pain are important determinants of musculoskeletal health. Back pain experienced in youth is a risk factor for future back pain, while suboptimal bone health during development increases the risk of skeletal fragility in later life. Generally, bone health is not considered in patients with chronic back pain who do not d..

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