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    Back School for Low Back Pain

    Back School for Low Back Pain

    Topic Overview

    A back school is an educational program that teaches you practical information about back care, posture, body mechanics, back exercises, and how to prevent long-term back problems. Going to a back school gives you the tools for self-care, which may improve how well you manage low back pain .

    Back school works only as well as you make it work by applying your back-care knowledge on a regular basis. Back school research has produced mixed results.

    • Some studies have shown that back school can improve low back pain and speed recovery. Other studies have shown no benefit or mixed results. 1, 2
    • One study suggests that back school is as effective as manual treatments for relieving some low back pain. 3

    Ask your health insurance provider or doctor for the name of a local back school. You may find a back school program in your nearest rehabilitation hospital or outpatient program. Or you may find a back school that is an independent clinic.

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    1. McIntosh G, Hall H (2011). Low back pain (acute), search date December 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence : http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
    2. Chou R (2010). Low back pain (chronic), search date April 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence : http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
    3. Hseih C, et al. (2002). Effectiveness of four conservative treatments for subacute low back pain. Spine, 27(11): 1142?1148.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
    Last Revised February 15, 2012

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