Do you suffer from recurrent and persistent low back pain? This is an important article that could make the world of difference to you.
“A key problem with LBP is the number of people progressing from an acute to chronic state. While 40% of people with an episode of LBP will recover within six weeks, 48% still have pain and disability at three months and, of those, almost 30% will not recover at 12 months (1).”
At any one time a quarter of Australians have low back pain (2), and if not managed correctly it can become unresolved and turns into a chronic issue. Once it becomes chronic, levels of recovery and effectiveness of most interventions are much more challenging (3). Back pain not only affects work and overall function, it is also frequently associated with co-morbidities such as depression, with rates of 2.5x those in people without low back pain (4)
But the good news is with correct management, low back pain issues can be minimised, and better outcomes can be obtained. According to a recent research article, there is evidence to suggest that in patients with recurrent and persistent LBP, those who responds well to an initial course of manual therapy, maintenance care resulted in a reduction in number of days with bothersome LBP per week, compared with symptom-guided treatment (5). So rather than waiting for an issue to occur it may be important to be proactive in taking care of your lower back as to lower the risk of recurrent and persistent LBP. Allowing you to live life to the fullest.
“It pains me to see people who wait until their condition becomes unbearable before they seek help. It is of utmost importance for us as a society to be proactive about our health and wellbeing at all times. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure!”
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(1)Balagué F, Mannion AF, Pellisé F, Cedraschi C. Non-specific low back pain. Lancet. 2012 Feb 4;379(9814):482- 91. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60610-7. Epub 2011 Oct 6.
(2)NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Management of people with acute low back pain: model of care. Chatswood; NSW Health; 2016. 39 p
(3)Ancuelle V, Zamudio R, Mendiola A, Guillen D, Ortiz PJ, Tello T, et al. Effects of an adapted mattress in musculoskeletal pain and sleep quality in institutionalized elders. Sleep Sci. 2015;8:115–120
(4)NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Management of people with acute low back pain: model of care. Chatswood; NSW Health; 2016. 39 p
(5)Eklund, A., Jensen, I., Lohela-Karlsson, M., Hagberg, J., Leboeuf-Yde, C., Kongsted, A., Bodin, L. and Axén, I., 2018. The Nordic Maintenance Care program: Effectiveness of chiropractic maintenance care versus symptom-guided treatment for recurrent and persistent low back pain—A pragmatic randomized controlled trial. PloS one, 13(9), p.e0203029