This recent quality review of the literature on the prevention of low back pain included 21 randomised controlled trials and has shown:
· Moderate quality evidence that exercise in combination with education reduces the risk of a back pain episode
· Low quality evidence that exercise alone may reduce both back pain episodes and the use of sick leave
The study also found that in the longer term (>1 year) that the effect size reduced, suggesting ongoing exercise is required.
Perhaps it’s time to have a chat with your health care professional on the best way to set up and maintain an effective fitness program to prevent future back pain!
Matt Richards is a physiotherapist with Advance Healthcare in Bundoora. Matt has almost completed his PhD, looking at the treatment of sub-acute and chronic low back pain.