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The posterior joint syndromes: Zygapophyseal and sacroiliac joints

Byfield, D., McCarthy, P., Cascioli, V., Webster, M. and Heusch, D. (2006) The posterior joint syndromes: Zygapophyseal and sacroiliac joints. In: Morris, C.E., (ed.) Low back syndromes: Integrated clinical management. McGraw-Hill, United States of America, pp. 215-242.

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The social impact of low back pain has been described as enormous and extremely costly in terms of treatment and lost productivity. There is little doubt that low back pain affects the quality of life for a substantial number of people in contemporary Western society. It has also been suggested that modern societies are currently facing an epidemic of lower back disability that until recently was rising exponentially. The magnitude of this problem is clearly indicated when 60%-80% of the general population will suffer low back pain at some time during their lives and a large number of international studies show a point prevalence of back pain in the order of 17% - 31%. Consequently, owing to a cumulative lifetime incidence as high as 65%, it should not be unexpected that more than one half of the working population will suffer low back pain during their working life.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Copyright: 2006 The McGraw-Hill companies, Inc.
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