Education in non-specific neck and low back pain: effective?

What does the evidence really say of education as a treatment?

Education has long been used as part of a treatment or in attempt to prevent neck or low back pain. A recent meta-analysis concluded that education is ineffective, and not recommended in treating or preventing neck or low back pain. While at first hand, this looks like a big blow for the for the many clinicians promoting modern pain science to patients as an effective tool in the battle against chronic pain it is everything but. In a Letter to the Editor in “Manual Therapy”, it is highlighted that not all education is equal.


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