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Yoga is reasonable alternative to physical therapy for lower back pain, say researchers

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2964 (Published 20 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2964
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Yoga is as effective as physical therapy for treating lower back pain and may be a reasonable alternative, a randomised controlled trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found.1

The study found that a yoga class designed for chronic low back pain in patients was as effective as physical therapy for reducing pain, improving function, and lowering the use of pain medicine.

Researchers looked at a racially diverse group of 320 adults with chronic low back pain …

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