Low back pain (LBP) affects people of all ages and remains a leading cause of years lived with disability. The etiology of LBP is complex and multifactorial and includes social, physical and psychological factors, plus the interplay with comorbidities. Various reports have indicated that conditions ranging from asthma and allergies, respiratory and digestive disorders and cardiovascular disease are all reported to have associations with LBP.
 
An important factor of etiological studies is the differentiation between risk factors for low back pain and factors that are associated with low back pain. Risk factors, or variables that are causally related to a change in the risk of a health process, outcome or condition, are important in studies of LBP, as they allow identification of factors that may cause the initial onset of pain and/or triggers that may precipitate and episode. Such studies are common in adult populations, although properly identifying risk factors can be complicated by the unlikelihood of identifying a disease-free cohort (i.e. one with no history of low back pain). As such, studies in younger populations may prove beneficial in identifying risk factors for low back pain.
 
The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the role of chronic physical illness, mental health disorders and psychological conditions as potential triggers or risk factors for low back pain in children, adolescents and young adults. …LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS REVIEW!
 
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Risk Factors for Back Pain from Childhood to Young Adulthood”
 
This paper was published in the European Spine Journal (2020) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back Pain, Pediatrics and the 2020 Archive.
 
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