Comprehensive rehabilitation (rehab) programs offer a variety of treatments
low back pain, integrating physical therapy, pain
management with medicine and mental skills, and various medical treatments.
These programs teach people how to care for their backs, how to prevent reinjury, and, in
the case of people with chronic pain, how to manage their pain (and situations
that make their pain worse) on a daily basis. The most reputable programs are
staffed by a team that includes doctors, physical therapists, behavioral
counselors, and social workers.
You are likely to benefit from a comprehensive rehab program if you
Pain and decreased function that have not
improved after 2 to 4 months of treatment.
Chronic low back pain.
An intensive multidisciplinary treatment program is considered an effective
approach to treating chronic low back pain. 1
Had back surgery.
Had one or more
unsuccessful back surgeries and have been incapacitated for several
Chou R (2010). Low back pain (chronic), search date April 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
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