The physiatric approach to low back pain

Steven P. Stanos*, P. Michelle Muellner, R. Norman Harden

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The physiatric approach to low back pain is functional and interdisciplinary. Physiatry approaches the patient from the physical, psychological, and social perspectives to obtain a thorough understanding of his or her goals and needs. Once the assessment is complete, treatment focuses on reducing pain; restoring ability to participate in activities of daily living, work, and recreation; achieving patient independence with care; and reducing dependence on the health care system. This treatment is achieved through the use of a cognitive-behaviorally based interdisciplinary rehabilitation approach, which combines the use of therapeutic exercise, body mechanics and ergonomics, biofeedback, modalities, medications, and vocational counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-196
Number of pages11
JournalSeminars in Pain Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Chronic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Physical therapy techniques
  • Spinal disorders
  • Tertiary rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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