Article Text

Download PDFPDF
An 8 session exercise programme was effective for subacute or chronic low back pain

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

 QUESTION: In patients with subacute or chronic low back pain, does a community exercise programme help them return to normal activities?


Randomised {allocation concealed*}, blinded {outcome assessors},* controlled trial with 1 year follow up.


General practices in the York region of England.


187 patients who were 18 to 60 years of age (mean age 42 y, 57% women), had mechanical low back pain for ≥4 weeks but <6 months, and were deemed medically fit for exercise by their general practitioners (GPs). Exclusion criteria included serious spinal pathological findings, concurrent use of physiotherapy, or inability to attend exercise classes. Follow up was 87% and 91% at 6 and 12 months, respectively.


Patients were allocated to an exercise program, 8 one hour sessions over 4 weeks …

View Full Text


  • Sources of funding: Arthritis Research Campaign; Northern and Yorkshire Regional Health Authority; National Back Pain Association.

  • For correspondence: Dr JK Moffett, Institute of Rehabilitation, University of Hull, Hull HU3 2PG, UK. Fax +44 (0)1482 675636.

  • * See glossary.

  • Information supplied by author.