Worldwide, headache and low back pain are among the leading causes of disability. Migraine and tension-type headache each affect more than 10% of the world’s population, with chronic headache impacting 3-4% of adults worldwide. Low back pain is similarly prevalent and responsible for between 8-12 million general practitioner visits each year in the United Kingdom and 90 million workdays lost. The numbers are equally impactful in other global regions!
Chronic headache and low back pain are traditionally treated separately and not often by experts in chronic pain management settings. This may be a less than ideal approach, especially for patients living with both conditions simultaneously, as previous work has identified a possible association between headache and low back pain. Chiropractors and other clinicians have noticed this association for years and help many patients by employing a full-spine/body approach to treatment! Quantifying and identifying this relationship from a research perspective is a helpful step…
Therefore, the purpose of this study was to systematically review the observational evidence available regarding the association between headache (primary and chronic) and persistent low back pain…work like this helps to explain what many of us routinely see and do in practice! LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS REVIEW
“Association Between Headache & Low Back Pain”
This paper was published in The Journal of Headache and Pain (2019) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back Pain, Headache - General and the 2019 Archive.
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