What is the role of exercise for the treatment of low back pain (LBP)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Exercise is widely used to treat LBP, but again, research studies without methodological flaws that support this therapeutic approach are limited. Furthermore, the specific exercise interventions used to treat cLBP are often heterogeneous, and little evidence supports one particular approach over another. In a pooled meta-analysis of a variety of exercise interventions, there was strong evidence of a fairly sizable short-term improvement in pain when patients used exercise therapy compared with no treatment. There was a smaller, but still significant, improvement from exercise compared with other conservative treatments. Improvements were additionally seen in functional outcomes. [59]


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