2021 Global Year About Back Pain

Welcome to the 2021 Global Year About Back Pain

This year's theme focuses on helping clinicians, scientists, those living with pain, and the public understand the nature of back pain and the utility of available treatment modalities. Please click here to read more about the 2021 Global Year aim and objectives.

By providing free fact sheets, webinars, publications, and more, we hope this campaign helps lead to better patient outcomes, and contribute towards IASP's vision of global pain relief. 

Welcome Message From the IASP President

Welcome Message From the 2021 Global Year Co-Chairs

Read interviews with co-chairs Owen Williamson and Paul Cameron

To join the conversation, use #GlobalYear2021 and #IASPGlobalYear on LinkedInFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Use our media kit, including logos and shareable graphics, to elevate the conversation about back pain and help spread the word about this year's Global Year theme.


Global Year Task Force

Owen Williamson, MBBS, Co-Chair (Canada)
Paul Cameron, PhD, Co-Chair (United Kingdom)
Kobi Degraft-Johnson, PhD (Ghana)
Dawn Ernstzen, PhD (South Africa)
Thomas Graven-Nielsen, PhD (Denmark)
Monika Hasenbring, PhD (Germany)
Keith Meldrum (Canada)
Jo Nijs, PhD (Netherlands)
Gabrielle Pagé, PhD (Canada)
Marcus Schiltenwolf, MD (Germany)
Petra Schweinhardt, MD, PhD (Switzerland)
William Shaw, PhD (United States)
Takahiro Ushida, MD, PhD (Japan)
David Walsh, MD (United Kingdom) 

How to Participate

There are many ways you can get involved in the Global Year campaign. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • Join IASP
  • Tell us about your upcoming Global Year activities
  • Follow the conversation using #GlobalYear2021 and #IASPGlobalYear on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about the latest Global Year publications, resources, and activities
  • Submit your idea for a Global Year 2021 Webinar

Factsheets on Pain Prevention

Global Year Fact Sheets, prepared by top experts on various aspects of back pain, will be available soon. Please check back for updates. The topics listed below may not reflect the final list of fact sheets.

If you have any questions, please email globalyear@iasp-pain.org.

Global Burden of Back Pain

Neural Mechanisms Contributing to Back Pain

Environmental Factors and LBP

Neck Pain

Exercise and Back Pain

Disparities in Back Pain

Education and Back Pain

Back Pain in the Workplace

Cost-effective treatments for Back Pain

Self-Management of Back Pain

Approach to activity, biomechanical loads and flare-ups of back pain

Assessment of Back Pain

Anatomy & Biomechanics of Back Pain

Indvidualized/ Stepped treatment for Back Pain

Back Pain in Older Persons

Back Pain in Childhood

Low Back Pain in Childhood and Adolescence

Supported Self-Management of Back Pain from the Lived Experience Perspective

Translated Factsheets

Check here periodically for the latest translated fact sheets. 

We are always in search of translators. Email us if you are interested!

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