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
Some studies have shown that back school
can improve low back pain and speed recovery. Other studies have shown no
benefit or mixed results.footnote 1, footnote 2
One study suggests that back
school is as effective as manual treatments for relieving some low back
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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Chou R (2010). Low back pain (chronic), search date April 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
Hseih C, et al. (2002). Effectiveness of four conservative treatments for subacute low back pain. Spine, 27(11): 1142-1148.