Lower back pain is a major cause of disability worldwide. Because low back pain can recur, patients often think their back is weak or fragile and often avoid certain activities to avoid the risk of another episode. In this way, they adopt poor coping strategies that can create more pain or the pain swifts to another place.
Although most episodes of low back pain have a good prognosis to recover quickly within 6 to 12 weeks.
In scientific studies where athletes experience low back pain, all exercise approaches found effective in reducing pain and improving function in athletes with low back pain. Here again, any exercise appears to be better than rest, and targeted, dynamic, functional (sports-specific) exercise may be most beneficial in this particular group of patients.