Physiotherapists welcome major back pain study

Scientists at the University of Sydney have found regular exercise is the best way to treat back pain.


Participating in regular activity can help prevent and reduce back pain, keep people in work and reduce rates of heart disease and diabetes

In a major study involving 30,850 people over 12 months, researchers found patients who carried out a range of exercise reduced their risk of lower back complaints by 35 percent.

When patients were also taught the best way to lift heavy items in addition to healthy exercise, their risk of pain was reduced by 45 percent.

CSP Professional Health adviser Stuart Palma said: “Physical activity and exercise has long been known to be an effective treatment for lower back pain.

“1.6 million people in the UK suffer from chronic back pain each year and 25 percent risk losing their jobs.

“There are a lot of myths around pain such as people need to stay in bed and not move.

“This research once again contradicts those myths and confirms that keeping moving and participating in regular activity can help prevent and reduce back pain for people, keep them in work and has the added benefit of reducing rates of heart disease and diabetes.

“Physiotherapy effectively treats and prevents low back pain by removing the fear factor, and getting people moving again, in an effective and personalised way”.


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Notes for Editors:

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 54,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.
  2. The original study by the University of Sydney can be viewed here:

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