Functional activities and psychosocial factors in the rehabilitation of patients with low back pain

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A four-week rehabilitation programme for back patients, focusing on functional activities and psychosocial factors in the demands of work and daily living, was evaluated. The programme is a combination of training of functional activities and increased psychological knowledge, body awareness and coping. A total of 40 patients with lumbago or lumbago ischias participated in the program and were compared with a matched control group. The results showed that the patients had significantly more ergonomic and psychosocial problems in their working environment than did the controls. A significant reduction in ratings of low back pain was noted in patients compared with controls after rehabilitation. Increased functional ability and physical fitness were shown in the patient group after rehabilitation. Significantly more patients than controls returned to work after the rehabilitation.


External organisations
  • Lund University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Physiotherapy


  • Functional, Low back pain, Psychosocial, Rehabilitation programme, Return to work
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Publication categoryResearch