Comprehensive rehabilitation (rehab) programs offer treatment for low back pain. They may use physiotherapy, pain management with medicine and coping skills, and other medical treatments.
These programs teach you how to care for your back and how to prevent reinjury. If you have long-term pain, they teach you how to manage your pain—and situations that make your pain worse—on a daily basis. Good programs include doctors, physiotherapists, behavioural counsellors, and social workers.
You are likely to benefit from one of these programs if you:
Have pain and decreased function that have not improved after 2 to 4 months of treatment.
Have long-term (chronic) low back pain. These programs are thought to be an effective approach to treating chronic low back pain.footnote 1
Have had back surgery.
Have had one or more unsuccessful back surgeries and have had pain and decreased function for several years.
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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