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Aust J Physiother. 1991;37(4):229-34. doi: 10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60543-2.

Hydrotherapy and chronic lower back pain: A pilot study.


In a pilot study which investigated the effectiveness of hydrotherapy in the management of lumbar spondylosis, a group of 20 people suffering from chronic lower back pain were given a four week trial of hydrotherapy treatment, consisting of three individual sessions each week. The group was assessed both before and after the course of hydrotherapy and each person was also sent a questionnaire three months after the conclusion of their treatment. Results demonstrated a reduction in pain levels and suggested that thoraco-lumbar mobility could be improved, especially if the range was less than normal before treatment. Results from the questionnaires showed that the beneficial effects from hydrotherapy may not be long lasting, suggesting the need for continuing sessions to maintain improved mobility and reduced pain levels. Further studies including a matching control group are indicated to confirm these results.


Backache; Hydrotherapy; Lumbosacral; Pilot projects

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