New study review suggests we may be wasting our money on back belts, shoe inserts, and other back care items. The findings support the most effective way of treating and preventing back pain is exercise.
About 80 percent of U.S. adults will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. [Lower Back Pain: Causes, Relief and Treatment]
To evaluate which preventive methods for low back pain are effective in easing its discomfort, the researchers analyzed data from 23 studies with a total of nearly 31,000 participants. The analysis found that exercise alone could reduce a person’s risk of low- back pain by 35 percent, and it could also cut the use of sick time by 78 percent over the course of a year.
People who participated in an exercise program and also received additional educational instruction were 45 percent less likely to have low back pain over the course of one year, compared with people who were not involved in both programs, according to the research, published online today (Jan. 11) in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. [This is by far the best way to prevent low back pain, Huffington Post]
These findings support The Center for Total Back Care’s approach to treating and helping prevent back pain. We found the Med-X system in conjunction with traditional rehabilitation, is the most effective way to treat neck and back pain. To learn more about our approach to spinal care, contact us at (480) 633-8293.