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Physical approaches to the management of back pain: I. Physiotherapy

Sarah Ferguson

in Back Pain

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Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199609772
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199609772.003.0005

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Physical approaches to the management of back pain: I. Physiotherapy

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• Specific exercise has limited value for acute low back pain (LBP) sufferers • Strengthening exercise, organized aerobic exercise, general exercise, hydrotherapy and McKenzie exercise appear effective in LBP with a duration over 6 weeks • For chronic LBP (over 12 weeks) patients, exercise/activity is recommended but no one exercise appears better than another • Patient preferences need to be taken into account, including type of exercise and venue • Barriers to exercise/activity need to be identified and addressed • Adherence to exercise/activity needs to be emphasized to achieve longer term goals.

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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