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Around the world, lower backs hurt

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Low back pain is the highest contributor to disability in the world, according to a new international study.

“With aging populations, it is highly likely that this burden will increase, suggesting that the health and research priorities that governments and others give to low back pain should be increased,” says Professor Rachelle Buchbinder of Monash University.

“Research is urgently needed to develop effective prevention and treatment strategies with the potential benefits of public health interventions likely to be substantial.”

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