Journal article

The Epidemiology of low back pain

D Hoy, P Brooks, F Blyth, R Buchbinder

Best Practice and Research in Clinical Rheumatology | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2010


Low back pain is an extremely common problem that most people experience at some point in their life. While substantial heterogeneity exists among low back pain epidemiological studies limiting the ability to compare and pool data, estimates of the 1 year incidence of a first-ever episode of low back pain range between 6.3% and 15.4%, while estimates of the 1 year incidence of any episode of low back pain range between 1.5% and 36%. In health facility- or clinic-based studies, episode remission at 1 year ranges from 54% to 90%; however, most studies do not indicate whether the episode was continuous between the baseline and follow-up time point(s). Most people who experience activity-limitin..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (DH) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (DH) for their financial support. Thank you to Professor Lyn March and Professor Anthony Woolf for their leadership on the GBD 2005 Musculoskeletal Group. Thank you to Professor Theo Vos for his technical support on the GBD 2005 Study. We are also very grateful for the cooperation of the following individuals who provided us data on request: Professor Fereydoun Davatchi; Dr Arash Tehrani; Associate Professor Stefan Ma; Professor Timothy Carey; Dr Jane Darter, Associate Professor Joanne Garrett, Dr Rowsan Ara; Professor Atiqul Hag, and Ms Zeinab Slim.