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2019 May 17

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



Green exercise and mg-ca-SO thermal balneotherapy for the treatment of non-specific chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled clinical trial.


Huber D, Grafetstätter C, Proßegger J, Pichler C, Wöll E, Fischer M, Dürl M, Geiersperger K, Höcketstaller M, Frischhut S, Ritter M, Hartl A
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2019 May 17; 20(1):221.
PMID: 31096958.


Non-specific chronic low back pain (nscLBP) has a high socio-economic relevance due to its high incidence, prevalence and associated costs. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate effective therapeutic strategies. This study examines the effects of moderate mountain exercise and spa therapy on orthopedic and psychophysiological parameters. Based on a three-armed randomized controlled trial, guided mountain hiking tours and balneotherapy in thermal water were compared to a control group.