MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Erik Groessl PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor
Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California, San Diego
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Chronic low back pain (cLBP) is prevalent among military veterans, but cLBP treatment options have limited benefits and side effects. This has resulted in efforts to reduce opioid use and embrace nonpharmacological pain treatments.
Yoga has been shown to improve health outcomes and have few side effects in non-veteran community samples.
Our objective was to study the effectiveness and safety of yoga for military veterans with chronic low back pain. In a study of 150 veterans with cLBP, we found that yoga participants had greater reductions in disability and pain than those receiving usual. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, and no serious side effects occurred.