Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Is exercise effective for non- specific lower back pain and^ if so^ when and which exercises?

For acute back pain^ exercise does not improve pain^ but giving advice to stay active (versus rest) will improve function slightly and reduce sick days (by -3 days). For chronic back pain^ exercise is effective^ reducing pain 10-13 points (out of 100)^ and preventing pain recurrence for one in four patients/year. Exercise (probably strength and stability with physiotherapy) is likely better than medicines and should be recommended to all patients.

Publication Date: 2016-9-12
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 14:52:47