Review: Exercise therapy reduces pain and improves function in chronic but not acute low-back pain

January 2006
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 144 Issue 1, p12
Academic Journal
This article focuses on a clinical study according to which exercise therapy reduces pain and improves function in chronic but not acute low-back pain. Randomized controlled trials that compared exercise therapy with no treatment or placebo, other conservative therapy, or another exercise group in patients with acute, subacute or chronic low-back pain not caused by specific conditions. In trials of chronic low-back pain, meta-analysis showed that exercise therapy improved function and pain outcomes more than no treatment, placebo, or other conservative treatments at all 3 follow-up periods. Exercise therapy is effective in improving function and reducing pain in patients with chronic low-back pain. Exercise therapy is not better than no treatment or placebo or other conservative treatment for subacute or acute back pain.


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