Low back pain: a call for action

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Awareness
  • Cost of Illness
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Efficiency
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Global Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Income / trends*
  • Life Style
  • Low Back Pain / complications*
  • Low Back Pain / epidemiology
  • Low Back Pain / prevention & control*
  • Low Back Pain / therapy
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Pain Management / methods
  • Self-Management / methods
  • Sick Leave / economics*
  • Sick Leave / statistics & numerical data
  • Treatment Outcome