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Graduated movement programs the key to back pain treatment: expert

One of the experts involved in developing a new Australian clinical care standard for low back pain says the key to successful treatment is to develop safe and graduated movement programs for patients.

Professor Peter O’Sullivan, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, says that the wrong messages are often given to patients with a diagnostic label or after a scan.

‘People get given this diagnostic label, and then they are frightened, so they stop working and moving, and none of that helps their pain,’ Professor O’Sullivan said. 

‘The messaging around the standards is: you will get better. You can engage in movement and activity.

‘We know that you’ll get out of this quicker if we give you a program that is graduated and sensible.’

The new standard developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recommends active approaches and individualised care to support the millions of Australians with low back pain.

Man and woman doing medical procedure
getback provides safe, specific and targeted strength training of the spinal musculature supporting the spine.

getback offers patients with back or neck pain an individualised, safe and supervised exercise rehabilitation environment. 

Exact and specific programs are developed for getback patients, targeting the spinal musculature to increase strength, range of motion and stability.

While back pain can sometimes have a serious cause, the vast majority of people can improve their pain with simple measures including physical activity and self-management.

‘Actually moving and engaging in life is the very thing that will help you build your confidence,’ Professor O’Sullivan said.

‘Get your back healthy, get it strong, and get back to living again. That’s the story of hope that I think the standard brings.’

While getback is very supportive of the new standard and encouraging people to get stronger, the focus at getback is to provide safe, specific and targeted strength training of the spinal musculature supporting the spine.

In examining ‘exercise for back pain’ the prestigious Cochrane Review has also called for programs to be reliable, safe and specific to the individual.

To find out more about the standard, view the expert panel discussion and download resources, visit: safetyandquality.gov.au/lowbackpain-ccs

One of the experts involved in developing a new Australian clinical care standard for low back pain says the key to successful treatment is to develop safe and graduated movement programs for patients.

Professor Peter O’Sullivan, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, says that the wrong messages are often given to patients with a diagnostic label or after a scan.

‘People get given this diagnostic label, and then they are frightened, so they stop working and moving, and none of that helps their pain,’ Professor O’Sullivan said. 

‘The messaging around the standards is: you will get better. You can engage in movement and activity.

‘We know that you’ll get out of this quicker if we give you a program that is graduated and sensible.’

The new standard developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recommends active approaches and individualised care to support the millions of Australians with low back pain.

Man and woman doing medical procedure
getback provides safe, specific and targeted strength training of the spinal musculature supporting the spine.

getback offers patients with back or neck pain an individualised, safe and supervised exercise rehabilitation environment. 

Exact and specific programs are developed for getback patients, targeting the spinal musculature to increase strength, range of motion and stability.

While back pain can sometimes have a serious cause, the vast majority of people can improve their pain with simple measures including physical activity and self-management.

‘Actually moving and engaging in life is the very thing that will help you build your confidence,’ Professor O’Sullivan said.

‘Get your back healthy, get it strong, and get back to living again. That’s the story of hope that I think the standard brings.’

While getback is very supportive of the new standard and encouraging people to get stronger, the focus at getback is to provide safe, specific and targeted strength training of the spinal musculature supporting the spine.

In examining ‘exercise for back pain’ the prestigious Cochrane Review has also called for programs to be reliable, safe and specific to the individual.

To find out more about the standard, view the expert panel discussion and download resources, visit: safetyandquality.gov.au/lowbackpain-ccs

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