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The effect of the Swedish Back School in chronic idiopathic low back pain. A prospective controlled study

Lankhorst GJ, Van de Stadt RJ, Vogelaar TW, Van der Korst JK, Prevo AJ
DOI: 10.2340/16501977153141145


A prospective controlled study of the effect of the Swedish Back School in chronic idiopathic Low Back Pain was conducted. Forty-eight patients entered the study. There were no significant pre-treatment differences between the experimental group members who attended the four lessons of the Back School, and the control group who received four detuned shortwave applications to the low back. Forty-three patients (21 in the experimental and 22 in the control group) completed the study. Subjects were repeatedly tested for one year. The following assessments were made: 1) subjective scores of pain and functional capacity, and 2) objective measurements of spinal mobility. After one year, no statistically significant differences between the two groups were observed. Given the proven efficacy of the Back School in (sub)acute Low Back Pain, it should be administered when it is most beneficial, i. e. in the early phase of Low Back Pain.

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