Yoga for Back Pain: As Effective, More Accessible Than Physical Therapy?

Yoga was found to be comparable to physical therapy (PT) in relieving chronic low back pain (LBP) in a controlled study that followed low-income, minority patients for one year after an initial course of treatment.

The findings were particularly gratifying for lead investigator Robert Saper, MD, MPH, of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center, who noted that this population suffers from a higher incidence of chronic LBP than more affluent groups, while having less access to treatment.

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