For Low Back Pain, Walking Program May Be Just As Good As Clinic-Based Muscle Strengthening

…according to an article at ScienceDaily.  Excerpt:

Dr. Michal Katz-Leurer of Tel Aviv University’s Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that a simple aerobic walking program is as effective in alleviating lower back pain as muscle strengthening programs that require specialized equipment in rehabilitation clinics. The program includes walking two to three times a week for a period of 20 to 40 minutes.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?  You know what they say about that.  Since back pain tends to flare and regress spontaneously, I wonder if an untreated control group would have improved like the two active intervention groups.

Click for Dr. Briffa’s view of the study.

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