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2022 Jan 28

Eur J Pain

Risk factors for low back pain outcome: Does it matter when they are measured?


Klyne DM, Hall LM, Nicholas MK, Hodges PW
Eur J Pain. 2022 Jan 28.
PMID: 35090067.


The early identification of factors that increase risk of poor recovery from acute low back pain (LBP) is critical to prevent the transition to chronicity. Although most studies of risk factors for poor outcome in LBP tend to investigate the condition once it is already persistent, there is evidence to suggest that this differs from risk factors measured during the early-acute stage. This study aimed to identify early risk factors for poor outcome in the short- and long-term in individuals with acute LBP, and to compare this with factors identified at 3 months in the same cohort.