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Human Studies

2020 Nov

Br J Sports Med



Exercise treatment effect modifiers in persistent low back pain: an individual participant data meta-analysis of 3514 participants from 27 randomised controlled trials.


Hayden JA, Wilson M, Stewart S, Cartwright JL, Smith AO, Riley RD, Van Tulder M, Bendix T, Cecchi F, Costa L O, Dufour N, Ferreira ML, Foster NE, Gudavalli MR, Hartvigsen J, Helmhout P, Kool J, Koumantakis GA, Kovacs FM, Kuukkanen T, et al.
Br J Sports Med. 2020 Nov; 54(21):1277-1278.
PMID: 31780447.


Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Exercise therapy is widely recommended to treat persistent non-specific low back pain. While evidence suggests exercise is, on average, moderately effective, there remains uncertainty about which individuals might benefit the most from exercise.