Developing Patient Understanding - The Effectiveness of an Educational and Exercise Programme for Persistent Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the ten leading causes of disease burden globally. It is widely recognised that LBP produces significant detrimental effects on physical and emotional wellbeing whilst having a substantial economic burden for society. There is an inverse relationship between socio-economic status and the prevalence of pain. Increasing patients understanding of non-specific lower back pain including pain physiology, combined with completing exercises can provide optimal management. Therefore, the effectiveness of a locally run 'Back to Fitness Programme' (education and exercises) in the most deprived local authority area in England was evaluated.
The purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Back to Fitness programme upon patients' understanding of pain, ability to function, symptom-report and physical outcomes.