Special Issue "Current Advances in Management of Low Back Pain"

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1010-660X). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Berit Schiottz-Christensen
Guest Editor
The Department of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark, Østre Hougvej 55, 5500, Middelfart, Denmark
Interests: Back pain; Rehabilitation; Diagnostics; Treatment; Disability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The number of patients with back pain that are experiencing functional impairment is growing. Only 60% of men and 50% of women reporting back pain are in ordinary employment. Back pain is the most common reason for early retirement.

Despite extensive research into diagnostics, treatment modalities, and social interventions, the clinical course for the individual patient with back pain has not changed significantly. National as well as international clinical guidelines for managing musculoskeletal pain recommend early diagnostics, education, and individualized treatment in the primary sector, in collaboration between general practitioners, chiropractors, and physiotherapists. For the most part, the treatment program should be an individualized combination of education, physical activity, exercises, manual therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, focusing on staying active and remaining able to manage daily activities, including functions in the workplace. Planning an individualized program is challenged by a lack of screening instruments to help to decide what to recommend. Therefore, screening systems are needed to stratify and tailor individualized diagnostic and treatment programs.

To gain new knowledge, a paradigm shift giving a broader focus on patient characteristics with rehabilitation in mind may be able to support valuable programs for the individual patient, leading to a better functional capacity, a higher degree of self-sufficiency, and less use of healthcare services.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to discuss matters associated with back pain and its management, with a particular focus on planning individualized programs. This includes not only nonpharmacological treatments but also the phenomenon of chronic pain, patient experience, service delivery, health promotion, and pain education for patients or healthcare professionals.

Prof. Dr. Berit Schiottz-Christensen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Back pain
  • Disability
  • Individualized programs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Return to work

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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