Jan Noel DR Molon, MD, FPOA
Lecture Topic: Low Back Pain in Young AthletesLecture
Department of Surgery, Calamba Doctors Hospital
Department of Surgery, Medical Center Muntinlupa
Department of Surgery, Diliman Doctors Hospital
Department of Surgery, Marikina Valley Medical Center
Department of Orthopedics, Manila Doctors Hospital
Department of Surgery, Medical Center Manila
Lecture: Low Back Pain in Young Athletes
Low back pain (LBP) is a common problem in sport and can negatively impact athlete performance and ultimately contribute to time lost in training and competition.
Evaluation should take the same meticulous approach as that of the general population, with a high index of suspicion for red flags.
There are currently no evidence-based or consensus-based guidelines for treating LBP in athletes. What is known is that early movement is key and may be more important than any therapy we, as orthopedic surgeons, prescribe. Fortunately, most patients with acute low back pain improve regardless of specific management. Expert consensus is that the athlete can be cleared for return to sport once with full ROM
and adequate strength.
As there are very few randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effectiveness of commonly used interventions for LBP in athletes, this begs the scientific community to delve into new and better research to better treat this elite and active population.