Research Updates

Less LBP pain and more function with early RTW

Gabrielle Lis

Health practitioners and employers take note: with appropriate support and appropriate duties, workers with LBP have less pain and better function when there’s a quick – even immediate – return to work.

Once upon a time, people with acute lower back pain (LBP) were told to stay at home and rest until they felt better. Now (in the absence of medical red flags suggesting a serious underlying health issue), there’s general agreement that inactivity actually prolongs LBP and associated disability. The “health benefits of good work” agenda takes this idea one step further, proposing that suitable, meaningful work improves health and...

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