Can Yoga Help Back Pain as Much as Physical Therapy?
Increasing research shows yoga and physical therapy (PT) to be both effective for chronic nonspecific low back pain. However, the comparative effectiveness has not been determined. Preliminary results of a three armed randomized controlled trials comparing yoga, PT, and education in a community-based population of predominantly minority adults with low back pain are discussed.
Faculty: Robert B. Saper, MD
This 0.5-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Describe how the biopsychosocial model can be applied to chronic low back pain.
- Review the prevalence and patterns of yoga use in the United States.
- Review the evidence-base for yoga and PT for chronic low back pain.
Robert B. Saper, MD, is an associate professor of family medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, and director of the Boston Medical Center Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities. He has over 25 years of experience building research, educational, and clinical programs in patient-centered integrative medicine. Dr. Saper graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1988 and University of California San Francisco family medicine residency in 1992. After 8 years of private practice in the San Francisco Bay area, he completed a three year Harvard Medical School Integrative Medicine Research Fellowship, and founded the BMC Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities in 2004. Dr. Saper also serves as the chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. His research interests include integrative medicine for the underserved, yoga for chronic back pain, and traditional Indian medicine.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Saper reports that he has nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
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