Jan Noel DR Molon, MD, FPOA


Lecture Topic: Low Back Pain in Young AthletesLecture 


Active Consultant:

  • Department of Surgery, Calamba Doctors Hospital

  • Department of Surgery, Medical Center Muntinlupa

  • Department of Surgery, Diliman Doctors Hospital

Visiting Consultant:

  • 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.