Link Found Between Persistent Headache and Persistent Low Back Pain
Headaches and low back pain are two of the leading causes of disability worldwide. A new study has found that people with persistent headaches or persistent low back pain are twice as likely to suffer from both disorders. The researchers suggest a combined approach to treating both disorders could be beneficial.
Researchers from Warwick Medical School reviewed 14 studies with a total of 460,195 participants. All the studies looked at the association between persistent headaches and persistent low back pain. They focused on people who had headaches on most days for at least three months and people who experienced persistent low back pain day after day.
The researchers found that approximately 1 in 5 people have persistent low back pain and 1 in 30 have chronic headaches. People who suffer from persistent low back pain or persistent headaches were twice as likely to suffer from the other.
The study was published on July 15, 2019 in The Journal of Headache and Pain.