Comprehensive rehabilitation (rehab) programs offer a variety of treatments
low back pain. They may use physical therapy, pain
management with medicine and mental skills, and other medical treatments.
These programs teach people how to care for their backs and how to prevent reinjury. In
the case of people with chronic pain, these programs teach people how to manage their pain (and situations
that make their pain worse) on a daily basis. Good programs are
staffed by a team that includes doctors, physical therapists, behavioral
counselors, and social workers.
You are likely to benefit from one of these programs if you
Pain and decreased function that have not
improved after 2 to 4 months of treatment.
Chronic low back pain.
A comprehensive rehab program is considered an effective
approach to treating chronic low back pain. footnote 1
Had back surgery.
Had one or more
unsuccessful back surgeries and have had pain and decreased function for several
Chou R (2010). Low back pain (chronic), search date April 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.