Get the Lowdown on Low Back Pain in Athletes

Huynh, Lisa M.D.; Chimes, Gary P. M.D., Ph.D.

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000005
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: The reader should be able to distinguish between different low back pain generators using directional preference and develop a guided treatment plan. We also will review specific types of pain generators and how they relate to certain sports. Lastly, we will describe several exercises that have been shown to alleviate and prevent low back pain.

Determining an athlete’s specifi c low back pain generator and directional preference is an important aspect of treatment because it can help guide individual rehabilitation plans. In this article, the reader will learn how an athlete’s directional preference of lower back movements can help distinguish common pain generators. Various exercises shown to alleviate and prevent low back pain also are presented.

Lisa Huynh, M.D., is a resident physician of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her interests include sports medicine and spine intervention.

Gary P. Chimes, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is fellowship trained in Sports and Spine Rehabilitation and board certified in both Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.