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Steffens D, Maher CG, Pereira LSM, et al. Prevention of low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med 2016;176:199–208.
Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide.1 With a point prevalence of ∼12%2 and half of those with back pain expected to seek care,3 the economic burden is substantial. Much of the cost burden comes from treating people who suffer a recurrence, this being estimated at approximately 50% over the following year.4 ,5 Identifying effective strategies for prevention of LBP would provide enormous benefits and enable the billions of dollars currently spent on treatment of back …
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