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Exercise and Education Keeps Back Pain At Bay

Update Date: Jan 13, 2016 09:55 AM EST

The market is currently flooded with sophisticated gadgets purposely designed for reducing back pain. But those gizmos may not exactly give you a good value for your money.

A review of lower back pain treatment methods finds strong evidence proving that proper exercise coupled with adequate knowledge about its prevention was more effective compared with other methods.

"This finding raises the important issue that, for exercise to remain protective against future lower back pain, it is likely that ongoing exercise is required," wrote the study authors as quoted by Time.

The University of Sydney-led study pointed out that exercise alone could already make a difference by minimizing the recurring episodes of lower back pain but it certainly helps if physical activity is equally matched with information about some helpful back pain remedies and proper posture. Furthermore, a combination of exercise and education can avert unnecessary absences from work or sick leaves due to a preventable back pain.

While the dual remedy for pain is simple, many healthcare professionals surprisingly do not prescribe the exercise-education regimen. Many doctors would rather recommend medication, costly gizmos, and pricey treatment procedures for lower back pain.

"Why are we not prescribing an inexpensive, effective treatment? Some of it is, I think, we don't think of exercise as being a treatment the way a tablet or a procedure or a physical therapy treatment might," commented Dr. Tim Carey who authored an editorial to accompany the study as mentioned by Tech Times.

As treatment costs for recurring back pain becomes more expensive, exercise with education seems like a worthwhile substitute plan.

According to Live Science, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimated that 80% of American adults will have low back pains at some point.

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