Why patients don’t do their exercises


According to Dean et al (2005), only 37% of patients with low back pain actually do their exercises as prescribed by their health practitioner. This figure is astonishingly low, and obviously will contribute to poor patient outcomes, and low job satisfaction for the practitioner who has a vested interest in patient well-being. A practitioner who is able to get their patients exercising correctly will get better outcomes, have happier patients, and over time this will lead to a greater number of referrals. So why are patients not doing their exercises? Here are a few thoughts…

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