Scientific Letter

Patient education on back care

C. Van Eck
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 65, No 1 | a72 | DOI: | © 2009 C. Van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 January 2009 | Published: 06 January 2009

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C. Van Eck, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Study Design: Clinical PerspectiveObjective: To provide back care education for patients with low back pain. Background:  Understanding the internal and external forces the body issubjected to, as well as the spine’s response to these forces, can better equipphysiotherapists in educating patients with low back pain. Methods and Measures: The focus of the clinical perspective is to providephysiotherapists with clinically sound reasoning when educating patients. Results: Providing a patient handout, educating them in how to incorporate back care knowledge into their dailyactivities.Conclusion: Physiotherapists can play a significant role in empowering patients through education to take responsi-bility for their disability.


low back pain; back care; physiotherapy; base of support; line of gravity; center of gravity; patient education


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