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Motor skill training improves pain, function in chronic low back pain

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JAMA Neurology
Reuters Health - 31/12/2020 - Motor skill training (MST) can have lasting beneficial effects for people with chronic low back pain (LBP), a new study in JAMA Neurology shows. "This is a non-pharmacologic treatment that is very person-specific and people adhere to it. In addition, the outcomes are not just short-term. They persist for up to 12 months," Dr. Linda van Dillen of the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis told Reuters Health in a phone interview. While exercise is effective for chronic LBP and clinical practice guidelines recommend it, Dr. Van Dillen and her team note, it's not clear what type of exercise is best and how effective various exercise treatments are long-term. In MST, person-specific strategies are developed to help a person learn to function with less pain. "We examine the person and identify the movements and postures that are associated with the person's LBP during functional activities...


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