Low back pain: a call for action

Rachelle Buchbinder, Maurits van Tulder, Birgitta Öberg, Lucíola Menezes Costa, Anthony Woolf, Mark Schoene, Peter Croft, on behalf of the Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2384-2388
Number of pages5
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number10137
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2018

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