Almost everyone will have low back pain at some point in their lives. It can affect anyone at any age, and it is increasing—disability due to back pain has risen by more than 50% since 1990.
The Lancet publishes three papers on low back pain, by an international group of authors led by Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, which address the issues around the disorder and call for worldwide recognition of the disability associated with the disorder and the removal of harmful practices. The first paper is co-authored by CAPHRI colleague prof. dr. Rob Smeets and describes the complexity of the condition and the contributors to it, such as psychological, social, and biophysical factors, and especially to the problems faced by low- and middle-income countries.