An estimated 80 percent of the population suffers from low back pain at some point in their lifetime. Such pain can lead to disability, weakness, depression, anxiety, and a range of mind health issues.
A JAMA Internal Medicine review of the best available studies helps to clarify which remedies really have an impact.
The bottom line is that physical exercise was the only regimen that seemed to work. Shoe orthotics, back support belts, or education alone demonstrated no benefit in preventing future bouts of pain.
The study did not determine which type of exercise program was best; core and back strengthening, aerobics, and general strength and balance training were all effective in preventing a future episode of pain within a year.
Ongoing exercise prevents weakening of muscles and joints, which can develop from inactivity associated with pack pain.
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