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Invited Commentary
February 2016

Exercise and the Prevention of Low Back Pain: Ready for Implementation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(2):208-209. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7636

Acute low back pain (LBP) is common, with more than 80% of us experiencing at least one episode in our lives. It is painful, a common cause of time off work, and interferes with our ability to perform daily activities. Fortunately, most episodes of acute LBP are self-limited and improve with time and conservative treatments. However, recurrence is common, with estimates ranging from 24% to 80% in the first year.1