Low back pain (LBP) remains one of the most common conditions in the general population and is the leading cause of years lived with disability…nothing new there! But, when a patient reports a history of involvement in a motor vehicle collision (MVC), how does this relate to their current low back pain? 
LBP following MVC has been documented in several studies, with the Insurance Research Council reporting a 58% rate of LBP after MVC (second only to neck pain). Recovery from MVC-related LBP is slow and incomplete, with 31% reporting ongoing LBP 12 months after the collision. The likelihood of an MVC-related injury being responsible for LBP is an important question for clinicians, insurers and courts alike, although no studies investigating this predictive relationship are currently available. As such, the authors sought to complete a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the difference in risk of future LBP in patients having been involved in an MVC when compared to those who had not.
We reviewed the paper by these same authors in April on MVC exposure and future neck pain - this study adds the same valuable piece to the puzzle for low back pain!
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Exposure to a Motor Vehicle Collision and the Risk of Future Back Pain”
This paper was published in Accident Analysis and Prevention (2020) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back Pain, Whiplash & Motor Vehicle Collisions and the 2020 Archive.