Back pain improves in first six weeks with treatment but lingering effects at one year.

large study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) found that for people presenting with Low Back Pain, symptoms will improve within the first 6 weeks but disability may linger for 1 year.

Researchers from Australia and Brazil examined data from 33 studies (11,166 participants) to understand the clinical course of pain and disability in people receiving care for low-back pain. Researchers were able to study the effects of treatment on patients presenting with acute low back pain and with patients presenting with persistent low back pain. 

At one year, the patients who initially presented with acute low-back pain still experienced some pain and disability but it was minimal; the typical improvement in pain intensity was about 90%

In contrast, those who initially presented with persistent low-back pain experienced moderate levels of pain and disability at one year; the typical improvement in their pain was only about 50%.


Dr. Rommel Hindocha, D.C. is the clinic director at Peninsula Spine & Sports Rehabilitation, located in San Mateo, California. Dr. Hindocha treats acute low back pain stemming from: muscle strains, ligament sprains, joint dysfunctions, sacroiliac joint disorders, non specific low back pain and mechanical low back pain.

Dr. Rommel Hindocha, D.C. QME Dr. Rommel Hindocha, QME, is a licensed chiropractor and provides spine health and sports rehabilitation treatments to patients in the greater Burlingame, California, area. Dedicated to helping patients live pain-free lives, Dr. Hindocha continues to research and employ the latest proven treatment options for chronic and acute pain and is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

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