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Exercise-based therapy for low back pain

Carol Hartigan, MD
James Rainville, MD
Section Editor
Steven J Atlas, MD, MPH
Deputy Editor
Lee Park, MD, MPH


Low back pain (LBP) is the most common musculoskeletal complaint worldwide, with up to 85 percent of all people experiencing LBP during their lifetimes [1]. Exercise is often recommended to patients with LBP because it is thought to help maintain or restore flexibility, strength, and endurance [2]. This topic will discuss the rationale and evidence pertaining to exercise and nonspecific LBP.

Other treatments for LBP are discussed under the appropriate topics. As examples:

(See "Treatment of acute low back pain".)

(See "Subacute and chronic low back pain: Pharmacologic and noninterventional treatment".)

(See "Subacute and chronic low back pain: Nonsurgical interventional treatment".)


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