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Effects and follow-up of a multimodal treatment program including intensive physical training for low back pain patients

Estlander AM, Mellin G, Vanharanta H, Hupli M
Rehabilitation Foundation, Helsinki, Finland
DOI: 10.1080/16501977912397102

Abstract

The results of a comprehensive 4-week treatment program including intensive physical training were evaluated in 65 chronic low back pain patients. Marked increases in measures of spinal mobility, trunk muscle strength and lifting capacity were found during the treatment, but no average increase in pain ratings. At 3-week and 12-month follow-ups a statistically significant decrease in subjective disability and pain was found, but the percentage of patients who were working was unchanged. This points to a need for more work-oriented rehabilitation efforts in the treatment.

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