One article on PainSci cites O’Sullivan 2019: Complete Guide to Low Back Pain
PainSci notes on O’Sullivan 2019:
Good, readable, relatively brief explanation of back pain myths, free, includes a nice infographic. Lead author Peter O’Sullivan shared the myths and featured infographic in a tweet. The “unhelpful” low back pain beliefs, “culturally endorsed and not supported by by evidence,” identified by O’Sullivan et al.:
- Low back pain is usually a serious medical condition.
- Low back pain will become persistent and deteriorate in later life.
- Persistent low back pain is always related to tissue damage.
- Scans are always needed to detect the cause of low back pain.
- Pain related to exercise and movement is always a warning that harm is being done to the spine and a signal to stop or modify activity.
- Low back pain is caused by weak “core” muscles and having a strong core protects against future Low back pain.
- Repeated spinal loading results in “wear and tear” and tissue damage.
- Pain flare-ups are a sign of tissue damage and and require rest.
- Treatments such as strong medications, injectionss and surgery are effective, and necessary, to treat Low back pain.
Specifically regarding O’Sullivan 2019:
This page is part of the PainScience BIBLIOGRAPHY, which contains plain language summaries of thousands of scientific papers & others sources. It’s like a highly specialized blog. A few highlights:
- Photobiomodulation therapy is not better than placebo in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Guimarães 2021 Pain.
- No effect of creatine monohydrate supplementation on inflammatory and cartilage degradation biomarkers in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Cornish 2018 Nutr Res.
- The CANBACK trial: a randomised, controlled clinical trial of oral cannabidiol for people presenting to the emergency department with acute low back pain. Bebee 2021 Med J Aust.
- Relationships Between Sleep Quality and Pain-Related Factors for People with Chronic Low Back Pain: Tests of Reciprocal and Time of Day Effects. Gerhart 2017 Ann Behav Med.
- Modulation in the elastic properties of gastrocnemius muscle heads in individuals with plantar fasciitis and its relationship with pain. Zhou 2020 Sci Rep.