The Lancet Releases Article Series on Low Back Pain

On 22 March 2018, The Lancet released a series of articles on low back pain. The information contained in these articles is a MUST READ for all AMT members (and all massage therapists). It’s exciting to see Australian names among the authors of these articles.

We’ll be putting together our own overview of the articles soon but in the meantime, here are the articles, and a selection of global media coverage. Get reading.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on how these articles and the associated commentary will affect your treatment plans, advice to clients and what the information means for the broader community.

The Lancet released a podcast episode on 21 March 2018 to introduce the articles. It’s a good place to start.

The Lancet Article Series

The Lancet article series is free to read, however you will need to register (also free) to read them.

Comment – Low back pain: a major global challenge by Stephanie Clark and Richard Horton

Series – What low back pain is and why we need to pay attention – Hartvigsen et al

Series – Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions – Foster et al

Viewpoint – Low back pain: a call for action – Buchbinder et al

(All articles written on behalf of the Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group.)

Global Media Coverage

This represents a selection of the world media coverage on The Lancet’s articles, which may be helpful to share with massage clients:

BBC News (UK) – Many back pain patients ‘getting wrong care’ – (writer not credited)

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) – Thousands of back pain sufferers given ‘harmful’ treatments – Liam Mannix

Independent (UK) – Opioids, injections and scans of ‘dubious benefit’ harming 540 million back pain sufferers worldwide – Alex Matthews-King

The Times (UK) – Back pain patients ‘given useless drugs and treatment’ – Chris Smyth

The Guardian (UK) – Lower back pain being treated badly on a global scale, study says – Sarah Boseley

ABC News (Australia) – Back pain is being ‘mismanaged’ with ineffective and harmful treatments, experts warn – Patrick Wood

Global News (Canada) – We’re treating lower back pain all wrong. Here’s how to do it right. – Leslie Young

Herald Sun (Australia) – Most back pain ‘medically mismanaged’ with scans, X-rays and drugs – Lucy van den Berg

Globo (Brazil) – Maioria dos pacientes com dor na lombar recebe tratamento errado, dizem estudos – (writer not credited) In Portuguese.

NBC (USA) – Low back pain the top cause of disability, gets wrong treatments – Maggie Fox

Indian Express (India) – Scans, painkillers: Lancet series flags poor care for lower back painAnuradha Mascarenhas

More to come …

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