A back school is an educational program that teaches you practical
information about back care, posture, body mechanics, back exercises, and
how to prevent long-term back problems. Going to a back school gives you the tools
for self-care, which may improve how well you manage
low back pain.
Back school works only as well as you make it work by applying your
back-care knowledge on a regular basis. Back school research has produced mixed
As many as 40% of people will get sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve, at some point in their life. This nerve comes from either side of the lower spine and travels through the pelvis and buttocks. Then the nerve passes along the back of each upper leg before it divides at the knee into branches that go to the feet.
Anything that puts pressure on or irritates this nerve can cause pain that shoots down the back of one buttock or thigh. The sensation of pain can vary widely. Sciatica may...
Some studies have shown that back school
can improve low back pain and speed recovery. Other studies have shown no
benefit or mixed results.1, 2
One study suggests that back
school is as effective as manual treatments for relieving some low back
Ask your health insurance provider or doctor for the
name of a local back school. You may find a back school program in your nearest
rehabilitation hospital or outpatient program. Or you may find a back school that is an independent clinic.