Management of the athlete with low back pain.
The evaluation of an athlete with LBP using the classification system proposed by Delitto et al has been outlined. For outpatient orthopaedic practice, evidence in the literature is available documenting the reliability and the effectiveness of treatment guided by TBC. This classification system provides framework for the clinician to evaluate athletes with LBP because it investigates the presence of serious pathology, considers the severity of the disease process, and provides matched treatment based on the athlete's clinical presentation. When treating athletes with episodes of acute LBP, pain modulation and return to daily function are the primary treatment goals. When treating athletes with episodes of chronic LBP, return to sport and prevention of recurrence are the primary treatment goals.
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