The Somatic Connection  |   July 2016
Educational Interventions May Help Prevent Low Back Pain but Are Not Effective in the Prevention and Treatment of Nonspecific Neck Pain
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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California 
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The Somatic Connection   |   July 2016
Educational Interventions May Help Prevent Low Back Pain but Are Not Effective in the Prevention and Treatment of Nonspecific Neck Pain
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2016, Vol. 116, 487-488. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.096
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2016, Vol. 116, 487-488. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.096
Ainpradub K, Sitthipornvorakul E, Janwantanakul P, van der Beek AJ. Effect of education on non-specific neck and low back pain: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Man Ther. 2016;22:31-41. doi:10.1016/j.math.2015.10.012 
In our experience, manual medicine practitioners often include educational interventions about the musculoskeletal system when treating patients with nonspecific neck and low back pain. However, the effectiveness of this added educational intervention is controversial. Researchers in Thailand and The Netherlands conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the effectiveness of educational interventions on the prevention and cure of nonspecific neck and low back pain. 
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