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Exercise for the low back pain patient.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8149443     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As 90% of patients with acute LBP recover within a 2-month period, irrespective of the type of treatment received, exercise probably plays little role in facilitating recovery from an acute episode of LBP. It may be a very important factor in both symptomatic and functional recovery in chronic LBP, as well as an integral factor in preventing recurrent injury. The most efficacious exercise regimen for treating LBP is currently unknown. Similarly, little is known about the efficacy of individual exercises. In certain patients, flexion or extension exercises may be inappropriate. A careful history and physical examination, observing the movements that cause pain, will assist the physician in tailoring the exercise programme to the individual patient to achieve the greatest likelihood of success. Communication between the patient, physician and therapist is vital to allow continual adjustment of the programme to best meet the patient's needs. As improvement occurs, more stressful exercises can be added to improve strength, endurance and aerobic fitness. Individualizing the exercise programme to the patient's symptoms and communication between the patient, therapist and physician lead to greater compliance with the exercise programme and a greater likelihood of improved outcome.
E M Jenkins; D G Borenstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Baillière's clinical rheumatology     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0950-3579     ISO Abbreviation:  Baillieres Clin Rheumatol     Publication Date:  1994 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-05-06     Completed Date:  1994-05-06     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8805770     Medline TA:  Baillieres Clin Rheumatol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Rheumatology, George Washington, University Hospital, Washington, DC 20037.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy*
Low Back Pain / therapy*

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