Six Things You Need to Know About Low Back Pain
Baxter, GD; Chapple, C; Ellis, R; Hill, J; Liu, L; Mani, R; Reid, D; Stokes, T; Tumilty, S
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Low back pain (LBP) is the leading contributor to years lived with disability, and imposes an enormous burden on individuals and on health-care systems. General practitioners and physiotherapists are generally the front-line health professionals dealing with patients with LBP, and have a key role in minimising its effect. Here we review six key issues associated with LBP including its effects, diagnosis and management in primary care, and highlight the importance of the biopsychosocial model and matched care for patients with LBP.