As I was going through some articles that I have flagged to read or come back to down the road, I came across a series of articles called “Low Back Savers” by Eric Cressey. I enjoyed these articles and think that you would benefit from them as well. The articles are written predominantly towards the patient as the audience from the point of view of a strength and conditioning coach, but the overall message is great and pulls several theories and concepts together.
Part 1 lists Eric’s recommendations for those with low back pain. Great advice for people looking to take a little bit of the mystery out of low back pain. Lots of advice such as “Recognize that even though you may be asymptomatic, you’re probably still a complete structural mess” and “Recognize that you may never get a definitive diagnosis” are recommendations that I give to my patients and athletes all the time.
Part 2 continues with some or Eric’s thoughts and recommendations for those with low back pain, with more emphasis on injuries occur and how joints such as the hip and ankle can impact low back pain.
Part 3 concludes with specific exercise recommendations and lots of video demonstrations. He breaks down some of his thoughts behind unstable surfaces and “core” programs, emphasizing the concept of neutral spine during activities.
In general, the articles are well written and referenced, which is a plus, and provide some valuable information on back pain. I like the simplified approach and always like to take a step back and think broadly about a diverse topic such as this. Although not all recommendations are appropriate for all patients, seems to be perfect for the majority of vague “low back pain” patients that we see, or at least a starting point for others.