Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

News1999September › Exercise gets back pain patients up and running › September 1999

Exercise gets back pain patients up and running

Patients with low back pain do better with an exercise programme than they do with their GP's advice, according to new research

Patients with low back pain do better with an exercise programme than they do with their GP's advice, according to new research.

The researchers from the University of York in the UK randomly assigned 187 patients suffering for at least a month with low back pain to either an exercise programme or the typical advice of their GP. The programme, led by a physiotherapist, included stretching and strengthening exercises to encourage the normal movement of the spine, as well as a relaxation and education session.

Back pain was measured by physical examination and questionnaires before treatment and at regular intervals afterward.

Although the exercise programme didn't affect the intensity of back pain, it did improve the patients' ability to cope with the pain. At follow up, patients in the exercise group also functioned better, tended to use fewer healthcare services and took fewer days off work than those in the control group (BMJ, 1999; 319: 279-83).


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved