Neck & Back Pain Research in Primary Care & Research Agenda Physician’s Weekly


Researchers have reported that they attended the 16th International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care was held in July, 2019. The present state of research on the subject is discussed in this paper. This research aims to evaluate the extent to which knowledge and practice in relation to back neck and back pain has evolved in the past and to determine new areas of interest for research. After an description of Forum XVI and the Forum and its history the scientific program, as well as recordings of plenary, parallel poster and oral talks at Forum XVI were used to show the current state of the field. Utilizing the results of a poll of experts from a variety of disciplines and fields, the research agendas established for 1995 as well as 1997 are modified. Future challenges and achievements are then examined. Over the past three decades, the world has discovered a lot of ways to reduce back discomfort, however the majority of research areas that were in the 1990s and prior remain up to date. Understanding the biological processes that contribute the cause of back as well as neck pains is essential in the development of more effective treatment options. Another issue is the requirement for both psychological and physical treatments to be coordinated. The need to avoid low-value therapies and slow the spreading of back and neck discomfort in middle and low-income countries is of vital importance. The limitations of evidence-based knowledge and practices due to conflicting interests and incentives were recognized, and strategies to apply best practices were arousingly debated in previous discussions. Research into back or neck strain has grown in both quantity and quality throughout the decades, and an updated list of research objectives has helped identify the most pressing issues in primary treatment.