Useful papers relating to the causes of back pain - 2010

 I have compiled a list of useful papers relating to the causes of spinal pain. These are most useful for clinicians.
 
Interestingly a recent paper (and I will add the reference when I can find it!) suggests that contrary to what I and colleagues have believed for many years, spinal pain does not so much relate to the sports and occupations we have undertaken and the accidents we have sustained but 70% is genetically predetermined and we have little influence over its onset.
 
Treatment is another matter and there is plenty to be achieved in the arenas of resolving acute attacks and the prevention of recurring problems

Frank, A (1993)
Low back pain
British Medical Journal 306, 901-908

Burton K et al
Spine update: Back Injury and Work Loss; Biomechanical and Psychosocial Influences
Spine 1997 22(21):2575-80

Hadler NM
Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders
2nd ed Philadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 1999 p14

Hall H et al
Spontaneous Onset of Back Pain
Clinical Journal of Pain 1998 14(2):129-33

Videman T and Battie M
The Influence of Occupation on Lumbar Degeneration
Spine 1999 24(11):1164-8

Waddell G
Back Pain Revolution
Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 1997 p98

Myers AH et al
Back Injury in Municipal Workers A case-control study
American Journal of Public Health 1999 89(7): 1036-41

Anon
The Back Book
London The Stationery Office 1996 ISBN 011-702078-8 Burton K et al
Information and advice to patients with back pain does have a positive effect
A randomised, controlled trial of an educational booklet in primary care, presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of the Study of the Lumbar Spine Hawaii 1999: as yet unpublished


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