Exercise is better than medication for chronic low back pain :-) A new systematic review from the Alberta College of Family Physicians has been published, and this is encouraging news. Exercise should be part of any chronic low back pain management, and we advise this routinely. They found strength and stability training to be effective, but they also found aerobic exercises help. Likely a mix of strength, core and aerobics will give the best results. As always, start slowly, and gradually work at increasing exercises and you should have less pain.
Jannice is a family physician with an interest in the treatment of pain. Anything to help the process is added to this blog.