Back School for Low Back Pain
A back school is an educational program that teaches you practical information about back care, posture, body mechanics, back exercises, and how to prevent long-term back problems. Going to a back school gives you the tools for self-care, which may improve how well you manage low back pain.
Back school works only as well as you make it work by applying your back-care knowledge on a regular basis. Back school research has produced mixed results.
- Some studies have shown that back school can improve low back pain and speed recovery. Other studies have shown no benefit or mixed results.footnote 1
- One study suggests that back school is as effective as manual treatments for relieving some low back pain.footnote 2
Ask your health insurance provider or doctor for the name of a local back school. You may find a back school program in your nearest rehabilitation hospital or outpatient program. Or you may find a back school that is an independent clinic.
Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as of: September 20, 2018