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Malfliet, A., Ickmans, K., Huysmans, E., Coppieters, I., Willaert, W., Bogaert, VW., Rheel, E., Bilterys, T., Wilgen, VP., Nijs, J. (2019) 'Best Evidence Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain Part 3: Low Back Pain', J Clin Med.2019 Jul 19;8(7):1063.

J Clin Med.2019 Jul 19;8(7):1063.

Best Evidence Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain Part 3: Low Back Pain

A Malfliet, K Ickmans, E Huysmans, I Coppieters, W Willaert, W V Bogaert, E Rheel, T Bilterys, P V Wilgen, J Nijs


Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) is a major and highly prevalent health problem. Given the high number of papers available, clinicians might be overwhelmed by the evidence on CLBP management. Taking into account the scale and costs of CLBP, it is imperative that healthcare professionals have access to up-to-date, evidence-based information to assist them in treatment decision-making. Therefore, this paper provides a state-of-the-art overview of the best evidence non-invasive rehabilitation for CLBP. Taking together up-to-date evidence from systematic reviews, meta-analysis and available treatment guidelines, most physically inactive therapies should not be considered for CLBP management, except for pain neuroscience education and spinal manipulative therapy if combined with exercise therapy, with or without psychological therapy. Regarding active therapy, back schools, sensory discrimination training, proprioceptive exercises, and sling exercises should not be considered due to low-quality and/or conflicting evidence. Exercise interventions on the other hand are recommended, but while all exercise modalities appear effective compared to minimal/passive/conservative/no intervention, there is no evidence that some specific types of exercises are superior to others. Therefore, we recommend choosing exercises in line with the patient's preferences and abilities. When exercise interventions are combined with a psychological component, effects are better and maintain longer over time.

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