“A total of 30 patients with chronic low back pain were recruited and randomly assigned to 2 different groups: climbing and control. 

Patients in the climbing group were instructed to climb 5 different climbing routes. (…)  

A climbing activity of 10 sessions in 8 weeks, at least once a week with a minimum duration of 1 hour, was mandatory. The participants were examined before (T0) and after therapy (8 weeks, T8) and after another 6 weeks (T14). (…)  

The outcome was evaluated using Oswestry Disability Index, Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Likert scale, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Radiologists evaluating MRI were blinded. The study was performed as a single-center study. Evaluating the Oswestry Disability Index, a significant difference in the time course between the 2 groups was detected (P = 0.022). Significant improvements comparing climbing and control group were also found when assessing VAS in a minimal finger-floor-distance position (P = 0.048). Patients in the climbing group showed a reduction in size of disc protrusion. “

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Je serais curieux de lire l’article, parce que ça m’a l’air d’une consigne simple à donner en pratique courante. Si en plus nous pouvons la proposer comme une alternative crédible à des prises en charges médico-chirurgicales hasardeuses…