31 October 2017

Good methods for the prevention of low back pain are invaluable because cost-effective interventions for the primary prevention of low back pain – preventing back pains before they occur – at a population level are lacking.

The research article Exercise for the Prevention of Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Trials published on 17 October 2017 is authored by Rahman Shiri, David Coggon, Kobra Falah-Hassani.

The study shows that exercise reduces the risk of low back pain by approximately one third. Exercise also reduces the severity of low back pain as well as disability due to low back pain.

A combination of strengthening with either stretching or aerobic exercises can be recommended for the prevention of low back pain in the general population.

Dr. Rahman Shiri is a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Exercise may help prevent low back pain or make it less severe – a Reuters news article on the topic

A news article at Yle website on the topic (in Finnish)

Correspondence to Rahman Shiri, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, P.O. Box 18, FI-00032 TYÖTERVEYSLAITOS (e-mail: rahman.shiri@ttl.fi).