Introduction: Low back pain (LBP) is a condition that affects approximately one-third of adults in the UK annually and is a leading cause of disability worldwide. LBP is the second most common reason for work absences and reason why middle-aged people visit their GP, resulting in significant healthcare costs and productivity loss. Back Care Awareness Week is observed between 3 and 7 October 2023. This year, we want to emphasise the importance of innovative self-management programmes like ESCAPE-pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise) for backs which help in managing LBP.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend educating individuals about their condition, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight to alleviate pain and its impact; ESCAPE-pain found this advice rarely reached patients and wanted to raise awareness of LBP.