Rehabilitation and return to normal function

Priyan Landham

in Back Pain

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Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199609772
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740886 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Rehabilitation and return to normal function

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• Chronic non-specific lower back pain results from a mixture of physical, psychological, social, and occupational factors • Rehabilitation addresses these factors with multidisciplinary therapy • The primary goal is to improve function rather than eradicate pain • Treatment options include: • Exercise programmes including Back Schools • Functional Restoration programmes • Physical Modalities including TENS, ultrasound, traction, thermotherapy • Pain management programmes • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) • There are varying levels of evidence to support each of these treatments • Patients should be considered on an individual basis and treatment selected accordingly. Combination therapy with more than one treatment option can be highly effective.

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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