Most people tend to be physically inactive when they experience back pain, but this again aggravates the condition and elevates the intensity of pain.
Feel Better with the ‘selfBACK’ App
For the current study, the study team evaluated the efficacy of the selfBACK app in a trial that included 461 patients with back pain from Norway and Denmark. About half of the subjects received standard treatment for back pain, whereas the other half used the selfBACK app along with the standard treatment.
The progress in the outcomes of backaches among the patients was evaluated after three, six, and nine months of using the app. This showed a majority of the participants who used the app felt better in managing their back pains as the clinical improvements were about 32 percent higher for participants who used selfBACK.
Customized Solutions from the AI-powered Tool
Unlike other healthcare apps, selfBACK tailors recommendations for each patient to plan how to deal with the pain. This AI-powered smartphone app includes suggestions drawn on other people’s experiences with back pain, including physical activity and exercise.
“So before you start to use the app, you have to answer some questions, including about your lifestyle and specific back problems. The app compares your answers to those of other app users and to the results they’ve achieved by using the app. This is how the app can adapt the advice for you,” explains Mork.
The European Union supported this research work with five million Euros. The results of the complete study were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Tips for Back Pain Relief
- Focus on good posture
- Maintain healthy weight
- Stretch your joints and soft tissues through yoga
- Try mindful meditation
- Keep a heat patch handy
- Sandal LF, Bach K, vers CK, et al. Effectiveness of App-Delivered, Tailored Self-management Support for Adults With Lower Back Pain-Related Disability: A selfBACK Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. Published online August 02, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.4097
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