My doctor wants me to go to a special program called "Back School." What do they do at these schools?

The very first "back school" was started in Sweden in 1969. The goal was to reduce pain and keep back pain from coming back.

Today there are many different back schools around the United States and even the world. Each group may be slightly different. Most include information on lifting, posture, and work efficiency. Back exercises and core training are usually a part of the program.

There are usually groups of patients who go through the back school together. A physical therapist supervises the activities and exercises. Groups meet once a week for one or two hours for six to eight weeks.