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Treating back pain: when surgery does not make the cut

Hannah Bourne

A review of the effectiveness of non-surgical treatments for chronic low back pain.

Take Home Messages: Education provided by physicians and fear-avoidance training, which involves exposing patients to physical activity, have both been shown to be effective in treating chronic low back pain and facilitating return to work. Back schools and hard copy or online education material are not effective, nor is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a stand alone measure. Why the research matters:  Treating chronic l...

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