Low back pain (acute)

Overview

Low back pain is pain, muscle tension, or stiffness, localised below the costal margin and above the inferior gluteal folds, with or without referred or radicular leg pain (sciatica).[1] For this review, acute low back pain is defined as pain that persists for <12 weeks. Non-specific low back pain is a term some people use to indicate back pain not attributed to a recognisable pathology or symptom pattern (such as infection, tumour, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fracture, or inflammation).[1] This review excludes acute low back pain with symptoms or signs at presentation that suggest a specific underlying pathoanatomical condition. People with solely sciatica (lumbosacral radicular syndrome), herniated discs, or both are also excluded. Unless otherwise stated, people included in this review have acute low back pain (i.e., of <12 weeks' duration). Some included RCTs further subdivided acute low back pain of <12 weeks' duration into acute (<6 weeks' duration) or subacute (6–12 weeks' duration).

Latest citations

High-quality controlled trials on preventing episodes of back problems: systematic literature review in working-age adults. ( 18 September 2014 )

Value-based Care in the Management of Spinal Disorders: A Systematic Review of Cost-utility Analysis. ( 18 September 2014 )