The idea that exercise can be more effective than surgery as a way to manage back pain may be well known to physical therapists, but National Public Radio (NPR) has spread the word to a much wider audience.
A report broadcast on January 13 features the stories of several patients who suffered from back pain, some of whom underwent surgery for their conditions. In all the cases featured, exercise was the only factor that brought relief or helped them manage the pain.
Reporters Patti Neighmond and Richard Knox focused on a "back pain bootcamp" program run by James Rain, MD, a physiatrist near Boston. The program is focused on rehabilitative techniques that reporters say help individuals "learn to ignore their pain."
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