SUMMARY: CHRONIC NONSPECIFIC LOW BACK PAIN (CNSLBP) IS A COMMON MUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITION OFTEN RESULTING IN PHYSICAL INACTIVITY AND DISABILITY. EXERCISE IS BENEFICIAL TO IMPROVE HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PERSONS WHO SUFFER FROM CNSLBP. THIS COLUMN DISCUSSES CNSLBP EPIDEMIOLOGY AND ETIOLOGY AS WELL AS EXERCISE EFFECTS, BENEFITS, AND GOALS FOR PERSONS WITH CNSLBP.
1Exercise Science Department, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut
2Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey
The Special Populations Column provides personal trainers who work with apparently healthy or medically cleared special populations with scientifically supported background information.
COLUMN EDITOR: Peter Ronai, MS, RCEP, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Peter Ronai is an associate clinical professor in the exercise science department at Sacred Heart University.
Paul Sorace is a clinical exercise physiologist for The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program and the program coordinator for The Bariatric Rehabilitation Program at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.