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Effectiveness of exercise on work disability in patients with non-acute non-specific low back pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20411212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether exercise is more effective than usual care to reduce work disability in patients with non-acute non-specific low back pain, and if so, to explore which type of exercise is most effective.
METHODS: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials investigating the effectiveness of exercise in non-acute non-specific low back pain, and reporting on work disability.
DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PEDro, Cochrane Library databases, NIOSHTIC-2, and PsycINFO until August 2008. Work disability data were converted to odds ratios. Random effects meta-analyses were conducted.
RESULTS: A total of 23 trials met the inclusion criteria, 20 of which were suitable for inclusion in meta-analysis allowing 17 comparisons of exercise interventions with usual care and 11 comparisons of 2 different exercise interventions. A statistically significant effect in favour of exercise on work disability was found in the long term (odds ratio (OR) = 0.66, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.48-0.92) but not in the short (OR = 0.80, 95% CI 0.51-1.25) and intermediate term (OR = 0.78, 95% CI 0.45-1.34). Meta-regression indicated no significant effect of specific exercise characteristics.
CONCLUSION: Exercise interventions have a significant effect on work disability in patients with non-acute non-specific low back pain in the long term. No conclusions can be made regarding exercise types.
Peter Oesch; Jan Kool; Kåre Birger Hagen; Stefan Bachmann
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation medicine     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1651-2081     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Med     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-22     Completed Date:  2010-04-30     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101088169     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Med     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-205     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Disability Evaluation
Exercise Therapy* / methods
Low Back Pain / diagnosis,  psychology,  rehabilitation*
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Rehabilitation, Vocational
Treatment Outcome
Work Capacity Evaluation

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