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Yoga Noninferior to Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Yoga could be as effective as physical therapy for treating low back pain, a noninferiority trial in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests.

Some 300 mostly low-income adults with nonspecific, chronic low back pain were randomized to a structured yoga program (12 weekly classes), PT (15 sessions over 12 weeks), or education. After the intervention period, yoga and PT participants were randomized to booster sessions or home practice for another 40 weeks.

At 12 weeks, the yoga intervention was noninferior to PT for the primary outcomes — improvements in disability and pain scores. Yoga was not superior to education in terms of the primary outcomes, but secondary outcomes, such as discontinuation of pain medication, favored yoga and PT.

The benefits of yoga and PT persisted at 1 year, regardless of whether participants were assigned to booster sessions or home practice.

The researchers conclude: “A structured yoga program … may be a reasonable alternative to PT depending on patient preferences, availability, and cost.”

SOURCE: http://www.jwatch.org/fw113012/2017/06/20/yoga-noninferior-physical-therapy-low-back-pain?query=pfwTOC&jwd=000012921920&jspc=TS

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Annals of Internal Medicine article (Free abstract)


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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