However, the Global Burden of Disease study for 2017 disclosed that the lower back pain is the common cause of disability among almost all the high-income nations and also Eastern Europe, central Europe, Middle East, Latin America and North Africa.
"Often, however, it is more aggressive treatments of dubious benefit that are promoted and reimbursed". Studies have shown that staying active, massage, and being educated about what to do and what to expect are a few of the treatments that are more likely to set pain sufferers onto the road to recovery, say a group of worldwide experts.
But "a high proportion of patients worldwide are treated in emergency departments, encouraged to rest and stop work, are commonly referred for scans or surgery or prescribed pain killers including opioids, which are discouraged for treating low back pain", it said. Nearly everyone will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, says the health experts.
The researchers reviewed evidence from high and low-income countries that suggested numerous mistakes of high-income countries were well established in low-income and middle-income ones.
The series reviews evidence from high- and low-income countries and finds rest is frequently recommended in poorer countries, where resources to modify workplaces are scarce.
Imaging for low back pain also seems to be highly prevalent in several low-income and middle-income countries, including India.
That's not the only misperception on the subject of lower back pain. The paper states that Australia spends $4.8 billion annually on low back pain management and it reduces the Australia's GDP by $3.2 billion a year.
In Australia where low back pain is a problem, several people receive low-value care that wastes money because they are ineffective and even harmful sometimes.
The Global Burden of Disease study (2017) found that low back pain is the leading cause of disability in nearly all high-income countries as well as central Europe, eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and parts of Latin America.
She said staying active, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight are key to managing back pain.
With about one in three people experiencing a recurrence within a year from a previous episode, she said lower back pain is increasingly being understood as a long-lasting condition.
The authors say that health care systems should avoid harmful and useless treatments by only offering treatments in public reimbursement packages if evidence shows that they are safe‚ effective‚ and cost-effective. The second paper titled "Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions" led by Nadine Foster, Christopher Maher, and their colleagues speaks about the treatments available and the preventive measures for back pain.