Predicting Low Back Pain Outcomes: Suggestions for Future Directions.


Journal Article

Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a common and costly musculoskeletal pain condition, and effective treatment of LBP represents a significant goal of physical therapists. Establishing a targeted track of treatment for patients with LBP at high risk for chronicity that is focused on modifiable prognostic factors could have significant personal and societal benefit. Such an approach would require that clinicians accurately predict the patients who are at an elevated risk of developing chronic LBP in the early stages of the condition. In this Viewpoint, we consider the strengths and limitations of existing literature and propose suggestions that may lead to the development of parsimonious, cost-effective, and accurate predictive models of LBP chronicity. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2017;47(9):588-592. doi:10.2519/jospt.2017.0607.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boissoneault, J; Mundt, J; Robinson, M; George, SZ

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 588 - 592

PubMed ID

  • 28859589

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28859589

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-1344

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2519/jospt.2017.0607


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States