A great article by Ann Arnold for The Health Report from ABC.
- New research on back pain encourages exercise, and the view that pain is a protective mechanism, not a measure of tissue damage
- There are some exceptions where it's necessary, but too many people are having back surgery needlessly when the evidence of benefit is weak
- Scans, x-rays, cortisone injections and long-term opioid use are often unhelpful, experts say
There's a plethora of activities promising to be good for backs, from Pilates to the Alexander Technique, to half a dozen forms of yoga.