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Rehabilitating Low Back Disorders

REDUCING THE IMPACT OF LOW BACK DISORDERS (LBD) requires the best efforts of those experts in pre-

vention together with those in rehabilitation. Rehabilitation approaches will not work well if the

patient/worker remains exposed to the cause — hence, optional rehabilitation must incorporate excel-

lent prevention or ergonomics. By the same token, prevention involves not only primary prevention but,

since a problem often pre-exists, secondary level prevention is also required. Thus the best prevention

efforts must understand and involve evidence-based principles of rehabilitation. The purpose of this

chapter is to illustrate this symbiosis and compliment the ergonomics concepts explained in other chap-

ters with some notion of rehabilitation exercise for LBDs.