Researchers from Australia and Brazil examined data from 33 studies (11,166 participants) to understand the clinical course
of pain and disability in people receiving care for low-back pain. Researchers were able to study the effects of treatment on patients presenting with acute low back pain and with patients presenting with persistent low back pain.
At one year, the patients who initially presented with acute low-back
pain still experienced some pain and disability but
it was minimal; the typical improvement in
pain intensity was about 90%.
In contrast, those who initially
persistent low-back pain experienced moderate
levels of pain and disability at one year; the typical improvement in
pain was only about 50%.
Dr. Rommel Hindocha, D.C. is the clinic director at Peninsula Spine & Sports Rehabilitation, located in San Mateo,
California. Dr. Hindocha treats acute low back pain stemming from: muscle strains, ligament sprains, joint dysfunctions, sacroiliac joint disorders, non specific low back pain and mechanical low back pain.