Back Injuries and Management of Low Back Pain in Handball

  • Rui Rocha


Low back pain is a prevalent complain. Between 60 and 90% of the population will, at some point of their lives, suffer from LBP. Most of the cases are simple sprains or muscle tightness due to some kind of minor effort or bad positioning.

Like in general population, LBP is a common feature in handball players. It is one of the most prevalent causes of lost playing and training time. Most cases do not have a simple correlation between pain and abnormal anatomy and will resolve without further problems. However some cases require further investigation depending on the nature of those complains, the age of the athlete and the presence of red flags in the clinical history and physical examination.

This chapter describes the most common injuries causing LBP in handball athletes: soft tissue injuries, lumbar disc disease and lumbar disc herniation, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, Scheuermann disease, vertebral stress fractures, Bertolotti’s syndrome, tumours, infections and inflammatory conditions of the lumbar spine.

Direct trauma and acute fractures are not the scope of this chapter.


Low back pain Disc disease Spondylolysis Handball Lumbar spine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Rocha
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics of Luz SaúdeHospital da Luz Arrábida and Hospital da Luz GuimarãesGuimarãesPortugal

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